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July 10, 2006, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

The only means for a lasting peace

Rev. Gerald L. Boldt, St. John Evangelical Lutheran, Winsted

Days after the attacks on Trade Center Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., military forces of the United States were engaging an enemy that few had realized was a threat. In the past five years, the conflict has grown, with our armed forces maintaining a permanent armed presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Every day, news reports give the accounts of enemy attacks on our men and women in uniform. Not a week passes when we are not shown the pictures and given the names of young men and women who have died in the line of duty.

With the number of casualties rising, those at home have started to wonder if this “war on terror” has been worth the lives sacrificed on those foreign fields of battle. We have to wonder if and when the bombings and killing will ever be ended.

With new threats from Iran and North Korea, we have to question if the peace we seek can ever be realized. Will our nation ever find a lasting peace?

We are not alone with the uncertainty of war. From the Bible, we are reminded that the children of Israel were often engaged in war against enemies who threatened the Jewish nation’s desire for peace and national security.

We should realize that war will be an ongoing reality in this life, for Jesus says: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.” (Matthew 24:6)

There is only one means that gives us a true and lasting peace. That one means does not lie with governmental negotiations or a strong military presence.

Any hope of peace lies with the One who says, “In Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

We should not become discouraged or even give up hope for the future. Only Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Savior, is the means that leads to peace in this world, and lasting peace in the next.

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