Arguments about war make me cringe. I especially get sick in my stomach when I hear intelligent people explain excuses for violence as if it’s the best option.
Evil is sneaky and convinces us all of lies. The truth: violence is wrong!
Peace might not always seem the most practical, but it is always possible! We do not have to give up on the power of hope, faith and love! God gives us a better way!
To avoid a ranting or preachy post, I’ll leave with you two reflections for prayer and peacemaking today that come from other sources.
First, I’ve been praying that the power of this scripture seeps into the hearts and minds of our international leaders, like President Obama:
Let love be sincere; hate what is evil; hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute [you], bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Share regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all. If possible on your part, live at peace with all. Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Rather, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.”Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good. –Romans 12:9-21
Secondly, we all can engage in symbolic and peaceful protests that offer resistance, hope and conversion to humanity. Here’s one way:
Join us as we pray and work for peace in Syria and around the world! Thank you! God bless you! Peace!