-I've never really had the ambition to put on a little suit and shoot at people.
I don't mean to trivialize the soldiers though because they believe that they are doing right.
Also, in the instance that we are in a situation that could come under invasion you do need people willing to take up arms and defend
I don't agree with being sent to attack however.
-Were there tax collector's in Christ's time?
-"48 YOU must accordingly be perfect, as YOUR heavenly Father is perfect"
I think one of the lessons to life is that the heavenly father will be found to imperfect such as everyone else but does anyone need to be completely perfect in order to love and respect them if they have good advice to offer and our best interests?
Matthew was a tax collector when Christ invited him to follow. There have been tax collectors as long as there have been taxes.
No. One thing is for certain, God is perfect, absolutely. That's why it is impossible for men to live up to His standards in the current situation.
Yes I quite agree that soldiers believe they are doing right, but that doesn't mean they are. Belief if wrong can be fatal, after all some people have been known to believe thy could fly without an airplane or anything similar.
The only one who has the wisdom and knowledge to know what is in our best interests is God. That makes Him the only one worth listening to.
If you follow God properly you rely on Him for protection not any human. Also what difference does it make whose government rules over you when they are all under Satan's control? In the short term maybe a little, but not in the long term. God has shown His protection in the past, but all too often humans take credit for it.