Jehovah’s Witnesses: What’s the difference between self-defense and joining the military?
But Jehovah doesn’t permit you to participate in military service – which is completely understandable when it’s not a defensive war. But there have been several cases in history where the USA was attacked and invaded by a foreign enemy (most recently in June of 1942, where the Japanese invaded Northern Alaska). In this case, it’s all about self-defense.
So let’s suppose the year was 1812 and the British were invading, attempting to pillage your family farm and rape your wife and daughters. What if the local militia wanted to enlist your services in defense of your small homestead? It’s my understanding that you would refuse to participate because Jehovah forbids involvement with the military.
So here’s my question: Why does Jehovah allow you to defend your family individually, but he won’t allow you to join a group of men who are trying to achieve the same purpose militarily?