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Good Samaritan Blog: Ain’t Gonna Study War No More

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Good Samaritan Blog:
Ain’t Gonna Study War No More

 

 

​War continues to destroy so many innocent lives across the country. The civil war on Syria continues to wreak havoc on the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilian men, women, and children.  With the rise of the rhetoric around the war of terrorism in light of recent events, I find it important to impart wisdom from the Bible in these troubling times.  War has never been the solution illustrated in the scriptures.
Especially if we look at the text from Isaiah 2:4:

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

Church Women United has long stood against the echoes of war, even in our own founding. As our founding history, we gathered in December of 1941, in the middle of World War II. Our first actions was to circulate a petition signed by 84,000 church women “urging the United States at the signing of the United Nations Charter, to join and take its full responsibility in a world organization.”

In 1944, we established our own Statement on the Principles of Peace, that would direct our anti-war and prayerful peaceful actions from then on.

 

 

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From there, we went on to make statements on military spending, create peace studies, have commissions to congress, and made several peace advisory groups and peace keeping and peace making statements. We wrote letters to Japanese Church Women who experienced Hydrogen Bomb testing in 1954, and we have spoken out about nuclear weapons from 1963.

We continue to be called to speak of peace, and to be a prayerful people just as Jesus taught us.  May we continue to spread a message of peace, as we pray for all of those around the world who continued to be affected by terrorism, military force, and war.

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