The news is hot with worries of war again. Seriously, during most of my lifetime I can think of very few years when our nation was not at war. Even when we were not at war, I remember our nation involved in smaller military actions.
I was young during Vietnam. When that was over, it was not very long until we invaded Grenada, operated covert wars in Central America, sent troops to Lebanon, participated in airstrikes against Libya, fought Operation Desert Storm, invaded Afghanistan, and invaded Iraq. We also were militarily active in Somalia. I think that I left out our cruise missile attack in Kosovo.
Perhaps I am leaving something out but it seems that we are always at war. Now there are new threats of war after our military forces killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, retaliated by firing cruise missiles at our bases in Iraq. Will our military involvement in the middle east never end? Are there no other ways to bring peace and justice? War seems only to cause as many problems as it solves. Often “winning” one war only sets up the next one.
The Commission on Christian Action of our denomination is requesting that we all have a day of prayer and fasting for world peace and justice. The requested date for this is Sunday, January 9th. Will you join in? The whole text of this pleas is posted on the website of the Reformed Church in America. Please join your brother and sisters in our denomination in this day of fasting, prayer, and focus for world peace.
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