A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-26-19
First Things First
What’s Happening: “What’s on the agenda for the Trump/Kim Summit? Aside from denuclearization, perhaps the end of the Korean War (1950-1953). What exists now is the cessation of hostilities. Ironically, the Summit is to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, a city acquainted with an absence of war, but not acquainted with peace. Maybe you have to end something that exists already before you can start something new (https://abcnews.go.com/International/us-north-korea-declare-end-korean-war-summit/story?id=61297002&cid=clicksource_4380645_1_heads_hero_live_headlines_hed). ‘What format the end-of-war declaration will be, we don’t know exactly,” said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in.””
Knee-Jerk Response: “No way is Kim going to give up his nuclear weapons!”
Biblical Response: “Probably not…but the possibility is real enough to pursue. I mean, the people are starving (and Kim has got to know this – the sanctions are working, in spite of the fact that China is still supplying them) and the North Koreans do want more influence in the region. What Trump has to convince them of is that giving up their nukes is the surest and quickest way to greater influence – that hope of gain is a better motivator than fear of loss…kind of counter-intuitive, huh? President Trump certainly has his work cut out. No wonder there might be an end to the Korean War first (an armistice was really never signed). This way progress can be claimed without real denuclearization.
“Christians? Of course we’re for peace…even earthly peace. Still, we are not naive. Real peace only comes from the Prince of Peace (Phil. 4:7). And that’s peace with God. But all peace comes from that.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, be present with Kim and Trump…and may real progress occur; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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