I have posted this on a couple of political forum boards and so far all I get is hate mail (from the right) or unintelligent rants about how Christians are all hypocrites (from the left). I am genuinely curious as to reasoning behind the Christian acceptance of war as a means of settling international conflicts. I also would like to know how so many Christians can make a living from serving voluntarily in te armed forces, while other Christians asserted their status as conscientious objectors durring WW2, the Korean War and Vietnam based on the same religion and texts. My upbringing was Catholic and Anglican (ok Episcopal here in the US of A) and I consider my religious background fairly common (Sunday school, etc.). After entering my teens I stopped going to church as I had other things to do on Sunday morning. Even with my limited exposure to Christianity I still came away with the ideas of turning the other cheek, the meek shall inherit the earth, treating people with kindness that treat you with scorn, etc. My question is how can devout Christians go to war and actively volunteer for military service? I would not consider my self a devout Christian or a pacifist and I understand that there are times when military force is warranted, but it seams hypocritical to claim to be dedicated to the teachings of Christ (as I understand them) and make the voluntary choice to enter a profession that is centered around well honestly killing other people. I do remember reading something somewhere that stated Christ would not consider killing for the state a sin, is that correct? If so what was the Christians beef with Rome? I know this post may be inflammatory, but I am interested in actually understanding why its ok for Christians to kill for the state, why would JC approve?