Uhh…Not today… (image courtesy of Getty Images via Los Angeles Times)
Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” Luke 21:10 (NLT)
It seems like everyone has an itchy trigger finger on the international scene. We have the endless war in Afghanistan. Israel’s itching to attack Iran for fear of (supposed) nukes Iran has-and drag the US into it. North Korea made another attempt at test-firing a ballistic missile. Now we have a state of emergency in the Sudan-South Sudan region.
Each of these conflicts, along with others, can blow up into something major. We know that regional conflicts one day can turn into global conflicts the next – just look at the two World Wars. We’re already seeing what’s happening in Afghanistan. North Korea’s going to keep up its missile tests until they get it right. God know what could happen with Israel-Iran or the Sudanese situation.
For as long as we walked this earth, war has been a scourge. Throughout human history, war has cost lives, health, societies, and capital. War has brought out the animal in us as we try to beat each other up-from clubs to unmanned drones. We watched sovereign nations go under thanks to war. Economies have been bled dry and modern-day infrastructures were sent back to the Stone Age. Even the environment suffered from our belligerence with residual A-Bomb radiation in Japan, Agent Orange in Vietnam, and the chemical agents used in Iraq.
Isn’t about time we stop and think what we’re doing to our world, our civilization? Are we really solving any problems by shooting and blowing up the joint? Whose interests are we serving-We The People (globally), or just those in power? Are we so dense in thinking that “war is the answer” despite all the damage its doing? If you look at President Obama’s recent clandestine visit to the troops in Afghanistan celebrating the one-year anniversary of Osama BinLaden’s assassination, you’d think so.
Jesus warned that those who live by the sword will die by the sword, which is a no-brainer. If we as a people don’t stop these wars across the globe, we’ll one day have a flashpoint that will turn into a holocaust. We’ll destroy our economies, our infrastructures, our environment and our sense of human decency. We’ll be nothing but two legged animals running amok and wrecking our world. Then in the end, there’ll be little-if nothing-left of our civilization.
We have the God-given power to turn these trends towards war around. As creatures, “made a little lower than the angels,” we have the capacity to allow cooler minds to rule the day. Whatever diplomatic and humanitarian efforts it takes, we need to do so. The time is now. With God’s power, we can end Afghanistan, prevent and Israel-Iran (and whoever else) nightmare, and even stem the war tide in Sudan-South Sudan. We can do it while we have the chance…
Before it gets even hotter in here.