A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-5-20
Have We Learned?
What’s Happening: “75 years ago tomorrow, the first nuclear weapon unleashed on Hiroshima, Japan (dropped by America to bring Japan to the surrender table – which they did August 15, 1945) a devastation unparalleled in human history. 140,000 would die from the initial blast and the long-term effects of the radiation. The bomb, named the ‘Little Boy’ was followed by ‘Fat Man,’ dropped on Nagasaki August 8, killing an additional 70,000. These bombs are believed to have saved 250,000 allied lives should a land invasion of Japan been necessary. Their dropping may have brought a quicker end to WWII in the Pacific, but they also have ignited a drive to ban all nuclear weapons. A 2017 treaty, effectively doing just that, was not ratified. To quote a song, ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone? – a peace-loving 60’s hit, ‘ O, when will we ever learn…? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hiroshima-survivors-vow-keep-telling-122401581.html). Survivors of the bomb have become more and more desperate to get their story out before they can no longer speak. Quoting from the Asociated Press article of yesterday: ‘’I can’t live for another 50 years,’ said Koko Kondo, 75, who was an eight-month-old baby in her mother’s arms when their house collapsed from the blast about half a mile away.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD- our current theory of nuclear weapons) proves we haven’t learned much, huh?!”
Biblical Response: “Right…and maybe we can’t learn (Is. 53:6; Rom. 3:23). It’s like I’ve said before: ‘There will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man’…which won’t happen this side of heaven. All we can do is come up with more efficient and detached-from-the-real-horror-of-war devices for exerting our wills…isn’t that what war is all about?”
“Don’t get me wrong, some wars are necessary…or at least ‘justifiable.’ The real problem with peaceful co-existence is kind of like how President Lincoln described a particularly rancorous cabinet meeting during the War Between the States (1861-5): ‘I have three walnuts and each boy wants two.’ Our selfishness comes from a fatally-flawed nature, but, thankfully, God has made a provision for that (Rom. 6:23; Rom. 10:9-10). What we need to do is pray that more of our leaders are submitted to the God of Peace.”
“Christians? We believe in the necessity of a nature change (John 3:3-8). Without that change, we will continue to show we have made little progress and learned little, too.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to not have unreasonable expectations, but to look to You for the promise of a new earth and new heaven where war will be no more; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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