Matthew 24

Matthew 24:6-8 tells us, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (KJV). Being forewarned in the Bible that there will be wars and that all these things must come to pass, as Christians we are not surprised by these evil actions. Instead, we understand that these things must happen before the Lord returns but in the meanwhile we are not to stand idly by and not say or do anything to prevent these acts of sin from occurring.
God does not want man to be sinful, but because he gave man a choice, he knows that there will be those who will do their own thing, no matter what he desires for us. His Word says, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” (2 Timothy 3:2-4, KJV). But Deuteronomy 20:4 gives us permission to protect ourselves in times of war: “4 For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” (KJV), hence protecting the borders is a way to defend itself from its enemies and permissible by God.
Constitutional guidelines.
“It surely is just to protect men, women, and children from death such as almost three thousand of our fellow citizens suffered on 9/11. This is a part of government’s God-given duty to promote a just order in society” (Monsma, 2008, p. 198). By protecting its borders from criminals who wish to harm its citizens, the United States government has the right to do so as it is just to protect the basic human rights of citizens, which includes the right to live. These rights of the government are also established within the Constitution of the United States of America in various ways. Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution, in making provision for the common defense and general welfare of the United States, gives Congress the right to:
1. To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations:
2. To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water:
3. To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years:
4. To provide and maintain a navy:
5. To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces:
6. To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions:
7. To provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress. (The United States Constitution, n.d.)