Although I would love to speak about the exciting things that are happening at home (our involvement at The Bunkfest and Alpha, to name but two), I feel it is vital that we should not cease to focus on the harrowing situations that are happening elsewhere in the world.
Undoubtedly we have all been greatly disturbed by the appalling images portrayed on our televisions of the war that unfolds in Israel and Gaza, of the atrocities which are reported in Iraq and of the wars which continue in Syria and elsewhere. But how should we respond to such situations as Christians?
Although we must support people’s right to defend themselves, their families and their nations, I am however reminded of the words of that Jesus spoke to the multitudes two-thousand years ago. Jesus said ‘blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God’ (Matt 5:9) Although we ought to pray for all those who work for peace, we do however have a particular responsibility towards those followers of Jesus who find themselves in the midst of conflict. Pray therefore for all our brothers and sisters, whether living in Israel, Gaza, Iraq, Syria or elsewhere. Pray that God would unite their hearts and minds in order that they would stand as a testimony to the true reconciliation that is to be found only and uniquely in Jesus.
Yours in Him, Gareth