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Tolstoy gives compelling reasons, arguments and thoughts as to why genuine followers of Christ should abstain from military and political involvement. The "State" is definitely anti-Christian and unrighteous. It is very clear from the teachings of Christ and the Apostles (and demonstrated by the Early Church) that serving under the power and dominion of the state is contrary to the commands of Christ and lifestyle a Christian is to have. After all, for a true follower of Christ, their "kingdom is not of this world" and "no soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of this life"...the military and politics are just two of the many affairs of this life. There's much more to say on the subject, but that's not part of a review.
He could have said everything he needed to say in 1/3 less pages. Much of it is repetitive and redundant and in numerous places he seems to me to be just rambling on.
I also got the impression that all those with wealth were evil and should give all their wealth to the poor. While Jesus does teach forsaking material possessions to follow Him, it is not a requirement. The main principle of wealth is not to make it an idol nor to be encumbered by it and to be willing to give it up or away as needed. Yes, it seems that the majority of wealthy people are greedy and unrighteous, but there are others who are generous and don't life flamboyant lifestyles.
Conclusion: Anyone who believes they are a true follower of Christ and serves in the military or politics or is considering doing so should read and seriously consider the thoughts in this book. I would also recommend reading what the Early Church practiced when it comes to this, but most importantly read and live the commandments of Christ.
"Men might well observe the laws if they believed the Tzars who made them were God's anointed, or even if they thought they were the work of assemblies of lawgivers who had the power and the desire to make them as good as possible. But we all know how our laws are made. We have all been behind the scenes, we know that they are the product of covetousness, trickery, and party struggles; that there is not and cannot be any real justice in them."
"The specialty of government is not to obey, but to enforce obedience. And a government is only a government so long as it can make itself obeyed, and therefore it always strives for that and will never willingly abandon its power."
"A man cannot be placed against his will in a situation opposed to his conscience. If you find yourself in such a position it is not because it is necessary to anyone whatever, but simply because you wish it."
I think he clearly gets at the problem of the Christian in relationship to the state, and while the government may do things in the interest of "goodness" there is always a threat behind that (and many things that the state does that are just plain wrong and evil). As an American it has certainly given me some new perspective on our military involvements around the world. I believe this is very challenging for anyone who is a serious Christian, or seriously believes in peace, and wants to go beyond the orthodoxy of what we are taught by the established church and government. This book could have benefited from some editing, but overall it is a fairly easy read, and well worth the effort.
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