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.
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.
These links do not necessarily represent the views of the CLC, but they may contain helpful information and resources.
- Baylor University Center for Christian Ethics
- Christian Ethics Today
- Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
- T.B. Maston Foundation
- Wheaton College Center for Applied Christian Ethics
- “Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn.” –Robert Burns
- “Cannons and firearms are cruel and damnable machines; I believe them to have been the direct suggestions of the devil.” –Martin Luther
- “He who achieves power by violence does not truly become lord or master.” –Thomas Aquinas
- “It’s not them and us; it’s just us. And all of us are careening toward nuclear war.” –William Sloane Coffin
- “We here hot and tired and terribly, so terribly frustrated with this place and these people that we would respond to even the slightest provocation with enthusiastic and brutal violence.” –2nd Lt. Brian Smith, explaining why his soldiers fired upon children who were flashing mirrors at them, days before he was killed by a sniper on July 2 (Christian Ethics Today, Fall 2004, page 3)
Dealing with complexity in the aftermath of tragedy
by Ferrell Foster on June 13, 2016 in culture
The massacre of 49 persons at a gay nightclub in Orlando has produced in many of us a wave of sadness — a deep sadness. Every person is a child of God, and we have now lost 50 of those children — the victims and their assailant.
To that sad truth is added another sadness. The killer acted out of some kind of allegiance to a terrorist group that claims a religious faith. Most of us, including most Muslims, do not have such a faith. Christian faith, thankfully, moves us to love all persons, especially those with whom we disagree./p>... [continue]
“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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