War & Peace

War continues to mar the history of humankind with its frightful costs in human life, money, morals, and spiritual values. We persist in avoiding “what makes for peace and for mutual edification” (Romans 14:19). Christians have developed a theology of “just war,” but all war is terrible. We promote peace despite all of the warring around us.


Online Resources

The Bible Speaks on War & Peace

During most of recorded human history there has been war in some part of the world. Our own generation has experienced the futility of war which neither settles international disputes nor relieves international tensions. We pay a frightful cost in human life, in money, in morals, and in spiritual values because we persist in avoiding “what makes for peace and for mutual edification“ (Romans 14:19). Click here to read more.

Therefore: Faith Anchors: Reflections on Terrorism and the Ways of God

Like other national tragedies, the terrorist attacks on the United States mark a permanent date in American history. From now on, the eleventh day of September is etched in our collective memory. The first anniversary of September 11 has come and gone, and the raw emotions evoked by the attacks have given way to other emotions and concerns. We are concerned about subsequent terrorist attacks, about imminent and future military campaigns, about the economy, and about all of the people impacted by all of the above. As we try to cope with these and other concerns, Christians need to hold fast to important anchors of our faith which can sustain us through the present crisis: justice, religious liberty, and the faithfulness of God. Click here to read more.

2002 BGCT Resolution on Praying for Peace

WHEREAS the Psalmist counsels us to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psa. 34:14), and Jesus calls us to be peacemakers (Matt. 5:9, 43-48). Click here to read more.

Other Resources

These links do not necessarily represent the views of the CLC, but they may contain helpful information and resources.

Chaos should not surprise us


Our world seems to be drifting toward chaos. There is violence in our American streets and in our broader world. The killers of innocent people are moving us toward terror.

In confusing times it can help to look back in time. One hundred and one years ago, a young man graduated from Yale Divinity School and moved to Detroit to become a pastor. His 13 years at Bethel Evangelical Church began years of change for the young minister, and his ideas would impact his nation.

His name: Reinhold Niebuhr.

In Detroit, Niebuhr began to recognise problems in the... [continue]

Scripture

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

“Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.” Psalm 120:6-7

“He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2:4

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Contact:

Ferrell Foster
Director, Ethics & Justice, Christian Life Commission

(512) 473-2288