Just War Theory

I recently got an e-mail from a relative that enclosed a sermon that discussed the differing viewpoints about war within the church. Since I have debated with myself whether this “proposed war” was necessary I was very interested. Misery likes company. In the sermon by Mike Robert, he said “that what Jesus expects from individual Christians is often different from what He expects from our national leaders.” He explained the differences and that helped me. He said it is normal for Christians to not feel good about a war even though they may believe the war is necessary. He went on to discuss the underlying guidelines for a “just” war can be traced back to the 4th century theologian, St. Augustine. Since I wanted to know more about St. Augustine and the “just” war, I did an Internet search. The best source for an explanation of the “just” war theory is at this BBC site.