Today is Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pray, work for peace, but do not be afraid to fight for what is right

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War for war's sake is unconscionable -- but there are just wars. History shows World War II was a just war. Compare the history of Germany, Russia, Japan, England and America during the times leading up to World War II with the climate of today. "A generation which ignores history has no past and no future." (Robert Heinlein) This is not really a short, easy, letter writing subject to broach -- and meant for those who know their history better than I. But hopefully some of these thoughts will encourage others to do research.

I don't worry about the earth being annihilated by man's inhumanity to man. God has reserved that for judgment day.

"Jesus answered, ...No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come…So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him... When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left... Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." Matthew 24:36-42, 44 and 25:31-33, 46

However, I do agree with Mr. Knowles that to "Honor our boys and girls of yesterday and today with the blessedness of Peace for their loved ones which they so willingly fought and sacrificed." But I think the peace we refer to is different. As the Old Testament prophesied hundreds of years before His birth, Jesus the Christ is the Prince of Peace. "For unto us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulder. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his Kindgom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:6, 7

Jesus Himself proclaimed, "Peace, I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27

Most Americans desire peace. I desire that, too. Just as my father and Mr. Williams were not happy, there must be wars -- the fact is "there must be wars" at times -- in order to stop injustice. My heart hurts thinking that one day my son may have to go to war. But there is something far sadder than losing my child to physical war and that would be to lose my child to spiritual death. I thank God he has chosen Jesus as his Savior. Jesus tells us there will be wars and rumors of wars -- so the only true and lasting peace will come through the Prince of Peace, not sinful men. The good news is that "...God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved to come to a knowledge of the truth."  I Timothy 2:4 and "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."  II Peter 3:9

May we pray and work for peace in our nation -- but not be afraid at the right times to fight for what is right. But more than that, my heart and prayer is that everyone come to Jesus to be saved. For only through Him can anyone have eternal peace. Gwendolyn DoakLebanon

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