A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-18-20
Honor Amongst Thieves
What’s Happening: “A disputed border area, high altitude, and an ancient weapons protocol, all contributed to a bloody (and deadly) confrontation between the Chinese and Indian militaries. Reports are beginning to filter in about the clash that occurred starting Monday, the worst fighting between the two nuclear powers since 1967, and the deadliest since 1975. Depending on whom you ask (the Chinese have been characteristically mute about it all), the Indians had 20 die, the Chinese, 43 (dead and injured). They, however, refrained from using anything but crude weaponry – clubs with nails in them, rocks wrapped in barbed wire, and fists – many Indian soldiers may have died by being tossed off a cliff or drowned in a river…or both (https://www.yahoo.com/news/fists-stones-clubs-china-indias-brutal-high-altitude-143504194.html). Quoting from the AFP article by Aishwarya Kumar and Parvaiz Buhkari: ‘There is an understanding between the nuclear-armed neighbours that despite their decades-old failure to demarcate their huge border, their troops in the disputed and inhospitable region will not use firearms.’”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Sounds totally barbaric to me…”
Biblical Response: “Maybe…but what military engagement isn’t? Would it have been less barbaric than a nuclear exchange? We’re coming up on the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima (August 6, 1945), and the border clash may have been bloody, but killed no innocent civilians (bombing Hiroshima killed at least 90,000). I’m not advocating going back to the stone age or touting the sanity of a Mutally Assured Destruction (MAD) policy, but you have to say something for handling disputes this way. Is peace, real peace, a pipe dream? Perhaps. As I’ve said before, “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God” (2 Pet. 3:14).”
“Christians? We believe in peace. But there will never be peace on earth until the Prince of Peace rules in the heart of every man (Luke 2:14). The Chinese communists don’t have a good record with border disputes (I’m thinking the South China Sea), but the Lord ultimately determines borders, anyway (Acts 17:26).”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to rely on your system of justice; it may not seem fair at the time…but eventually we see Your hand; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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