We were considering how to frame a Christian perspective on decisions about war and conflict. What we agreed on unanimously was that looking at it from the perspective of holding a living faith made it much more difficult. Ultimately the Christian goal must be to bring a comprehensive peace to every individual involved, a literal personal surrender, and then to love.
Not exactly what they teach at Sandhurst, I suspect, or even at the U.N.
But we do need to respond, not least to Steve’s call to spiritual arms he challenged us to on Sunday morning. No compromise.
As to what we should do about Syria, what our role is, we were stuck. It’s so complicated, multifaceted and changing by the month. There is a neat Ukrainian expression for such a mess, though it loses a little in the translation. It’s like mixing peas with cabbage.
I know that won’t have made it any clearer for you, and it remains a daily tragedy for everyone who lives there or who has been moved on. But God has no other purpose than peace and reconciliation. We can pray no other outcome, even though we can’t see the means.
And peas do belong with sauerkraut.