A quote from Ed Vitagliano in the orginal article:
"The message of the Cristeros is summarized by one character's statement: "We are an army fighting for God and the church and for freedom." The viewer must wrestle -- as the film does -- with whether or not such a motive is proper for a Christian."
"Thou shalt not murder." seems to cover it, no? Jesus felt that all of The Law hinged upon two Commandments - the first and second.
You ask whether "We are an army fighting for God and the church and for freedom." is justified in Jesus' views? The answer would be no.
Just a small point...It was not me but Ed Vitagliano who asked this question.
You say the answer would be no. I disagree. If all men did the will of Christ our King, there would be no war. But if some people refuse to do the will of Christ, those who desire to fulfill His will may be compelled to fight and may quite lawfully do so.
The government of Mexico was bent on murdering or otherwise causing pain and suffering to innocent people, men, women and children. Christ nowhere teaches that we must allow others to suffer unjustly. If, owing to the malice of others, there is no means of doing this save by taking up arms, war is lawful. After seeing the film and reading historical accounts, I believe the Cristero War was a just war. If warfare is unjustly forced upon a peaceful people, then that people is justified in defending itself by force of arms if necessary.
I was discussing Christian doxology, nothing further.
The Bible never declares war intrinsically immoral. On the contrary, in hundreds of passages, Almighty God approves and commands war.
Yes, Our Lord's chief commandment was the love of God and the love of the neighbor for God's sake. If the world were faithful to it, war would become impossible. But the Mexican government set at nothing the Christian principles of justice and virtue of charity (love).
Though temporal, political, and national matters were outside the scope of Christ's mission, He did not condemn them. He abstracted from the temperal concerns of this world, and preached the kingdom of God, bidding men to attend to the spiritual welfare of their souls, and to make sure of securing their eternal welfare whatever might be their success or disasters in this life.
Without any condemnation of earthly warfare, He even chose analogies from it in order to illustrate His higher teachings. And He treated war as quite a normal event incidental to the worldly imperfections given over to the administrations of men.
You will notice in the Gospels that Christ met several military men and soldiers and even wrought miracles for some of them, yet never once did He condemn their occupation, nor did He ever condemn war. Thus in St.Luke 14:31, He says, "Or what king, about to go to make war upon another king, does not first sit down, and think whether he be able with ten thousand, to meet him, that with 20,000 cometh against him?"