Deuteronomy 20:10-12 says,

"When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace. If it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you. However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it."

For some, any time an ultimatum like this is given, it is considered an act of war. But that argument treats the statement as universal truth rather than a response that is in context with the actions that led to the ultimatum.

This is the argument that was leveled against President Bush when he gave the Taliban an ultimatum after 911. He told the Taliban that they were to hand over Osama bin Laden or pay the consequences. In addition to this all nations were put on notice that in the War on Terror, " you are either with us, or against us."

Giving a person or group, that has murdered nearly 3,000 innocent civilians, the option to choose peace is in no way a threat. Rather, it gives those who participated in the illegal act, or those who contributed to it, the opportunity to turn from their ways and make a form of restitution.

Thus, when this option is offered in the context of an illegal act such as murder, it is not a threat. Rather, it is an act of justice and mercy. Those who do not see it a an act of mercy and justice fall outside the truth of Scripture as taught in Deuteronomy 20:10-12.

© 2010, VoiceWind. . .Greg Loveless. All rights reserved.

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