Is It Justified?

Amalickiah wanted to be king. The majority didn’t vote for him so he left and took whoever would follow him. Not only did he leave his Nephite community, but he joined forces with the Lamanites, enemies of the Nephites. Through fraud and deceit (Alma 47&48) he soon became the Lamanite king and created an army to attack the Nephite lands with the intent to take over their lands and the people.

Killing thousands and thousands of Nephites and, he eventually succeeds in taking over many of the Nephite cities.

Moroni, the Nephite general, is mad and he leads his people into battle to reclaim their lands, and to protect their people, their freedom, and their religion.

The Lamanites are very much in the advantage. The have taken over many of the Nephite strongholds. But there comes a point, after much fighting and the loss of many lives, when the tables are finally turned. The Lamanites are surrounded and confused. Moroni and his armies could easy wipe them completely out. But they don’t. They don’t use their position of power to kill the lives of others, they use it to restore liberty. There are times when wars are just, but there are also times when the fighting becomes unjust.

“Now Moroni seeing [the Lamanites’] confusion, he said unto them: If ye will bring forth your weapons of war and deliver them up, behold we will forbear shedding your blood.”

Alma 52:37

It is alarming the behaviors we will excuse and justify when someone has cast the first stone. We justify burying someone alive and crushing them under giant boulders for having thrown the first stone. The moment the tables are turned and that person who put us at a disadvantage and caused us harm is now under our mercy, we play like there’s no rules for us.

I do not excuse this woman’s behavior. It was wrong. I minimizing what she did. Wrongful actions need to be confronted. Bullying needs to be stopped. But at what point did the hate that was turned towards her become unjust?