Syria — “Blessed Are The Peacemakers”

The ongoing crisis in Syria hit new and alarming levels with the alleged (and apparently proven) use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people. Indeed, we have all been horrified by the images arising from that heinous tragedy.

President Obama has called for military action, but has taken a calculated political gamble by inviting Congress to vote on the issue. And the debate is on. Thoughtful people on all sides of the issue are weighing in and offering their opinions. I understand President Obama is to make his case to the American public (and the world) for military intervention this coming Tuesday evening.

In light of this issue, is there an appropriate “Christian” response? Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” How does this impact our response to this crisis?

I came across an article written by theologian, author, and self-proclaimed “evangelical” Jim Wallis (probably best-known for founding and serving as editor of the periodical Sojourners), which I invite you to read. While he suggests the US and the world need to respond, he questions the usefulness of military intervention. While you may not agree with his opinion, I hope it will foster in your mind the whole idea of how being a follower of Jesus impacts your thinking about this issue (or any issue, for that matter).

You can access the article by clicking here.


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