Friday, March 14, 2008

another way is possible

[and i'm back - a number of things contributed to my blogging vacation - it's been an interesting sort of discipline keeping this space updated - and i've been pleasantly confused as to why people come here and email me as often as they do. anyway...figured i'd start up again with something pleasant and uncontroversial - hehe]

dear christian,

next week will mark five years since the united states invaded iraq. we all lament the suffering and violence that continue after these five heartbreaking years.

to commemorate this anniversary, many are joining together to issue a statement calling on the U.S. church to repent for the war and to commit ourselves to a new path toward peace.

we all share in responsibility for a war that has been waged in our names and with our tax dollars. The fact that fewer U.S. soldiers have died in recent months doesn't change the fact that this war should never have been waged. Our country should end this war, not try to "win" it, and we must help the iraqi people build a safer and more peaceful country.

and so, in this season of Lent, many believe the time has come for us to repent for the iraq war. But repentance means more than just being sorry. It means admitting that the course we have been on is wrong and committing to begin walking in a new direction - starting with an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

many would argue that support for U.S. wars and foreign policy is still the area where Christians are most "conformed to this world" (Romans 12:2).

i believe we must commit to put our love for Christ ahead of obedience to a misguided government and ask our brothers and sisters to join us in working for peace.

that's why jim wallis and others have put together a statement that issues a call to the U.S. church to lament and repent of the sin of this war.

if everyone signed the statement and recruited friends, family, and congregation members to do the same, we could show that millions of ordinary Christians are seeking a world in which our Lord "guides our feet into the path of peace" (Luke 1:79).

click here to read and sign the statement lamenting and repenting of the iraq war.

consider joining other Christians around the country in committing to pray and work for peace.

1 comment:

Suzanna said...

i'll join with you