A Few Thoughts about the War // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

As the war unfolds in Iraq, here are a few thoughts for reflection:

1. History is the story of Wars.
I’m an armchair student of history — and have been teaching World Civilization to my boys. 9 out of 10 pages in the history books are devoted to warfare. War is a major force that shapes the global and political landscape.

The Bible speaks of “wars and rumors of wars.” Over the past few days, we’ve sure had a lot of rumors flying around. We shouldn’t be surprised — It’s the pattern of human behavior from the very beginning.

2. War is always tragic.
Regardless of what Hollywood has portrayed, warfare is not glamorous and should not be glorified. Ask the veterans who served on the front lines and they will tell you the truth. The horrors of war should never be taken lightly.

3. Courage displayed in a just cause is inspiring.
When we see men and women who are willing to lay down their lives for a noble cause, it stirs admiration in our hearts. This is the reason why hundreds recently lined the streets to bid our National Guard Unit farewell. They have become our heroes.

War is always terrible, but courage lifts our souls.

4. Good people can hold opposite views about the war.
Within the past week, I have spoken with several individuals who have strong (and varied) opinions about the current situation. You may have a strong opinion and a good reason for it — but be sure you enter these conversations with the desire to learn rather than to be heard. If you enter a conversation to “tell”, you won’t gain anything. If you go into it with “ears to hear”, you will come away wiser. This is why the Bible instructs us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

A difference of thinking does not make the other person “stupid” or “evil.”

5. We should give extra support to the people who are personally impacted.
Those who have left to serve our country and their families need our prayers, love and encouragement. What are you going to do to help?

6. This situation brings the most important issues of life to the forefront.
Someone recently said, “Since the war started, the Oscars aren’t nearly so important.” We can’t ignore the deeper issues of life, death and eternity when war is in the picture.

7. War is a call to prayer.
The Bible says the God can make wars cease. Regardless of political persuasion, we can all agree to pray for peace and safety in our land and throughout the world.

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