Statement from Deacon Mark regarding recent action in Syria

Dear Children of God,

Like many of you, I watched in horror at the events which have taken place in Syria as innocent men, women, and children were the victims of a gas attack by the brutal Assad regime, a regime of evil.

Also like many of you, I have seen the news this morning that Mr. Trump has retaliated with 70 cruise missiles launched on Syria.

On both accounts, my heart is deeply troubled, dear Children of God.

Make no mistake: our nation is one of immigrants and refugees, built with the blood, sweat, and tears of those who fled their countries seeking a better life. Yet, when they asked for asylum, for refuge, they were denied, turned away and sent to their death. Those who fake their tears over this recent tragedy while not lifting a finger to bring them out of their terrible situation are just as culpable as the Assad regime, complicit in the murders of those men, women, and children.

Those “Christians” who this morning are praising Mr. Trump for “bombing the crap out of them” and saying “I prayed for the Lord to do something about Syria, and God sent Trump’s missiles” do not realize that for Christians, war is never the answer. “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. They shall not study war again,” the Scripture tells us.

These same “Christians” who feigned anger over the death of Syrias most precious ones, while ignoring their cry for refuge, are the same ones who rejoiced this morning as even more carnage, destruction, and chaos was introduced to the region by yet another brutal dictator.

I am concerned that we live in a country today that would rather see military action than peaceful negotiation, that spends more money on military action than on education, that exercises brute force over mindfulness and intelligence. I am concerned, folks, and you should be too.

I do not make it my policy to comment on politics, however, justice is at stake, lives are at stake, and Christians are rejoicing at carnage, all in the name of Mr. Trump. I see a severe injustice being served on the backs of the Syrian people by two brutal and authoritarian regimes, and can not keep silent.

Pray for Syria and her people. Most of all, pray for peace.

Deacon Mark

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