As a Christian, my thoughts on war are anything but vague. War may at times be necessary, but it is always sinful. The necessity of wars only speaks to the mess we humans have made of this world. I now have a nephew and several former youth group members who are actively involved in the conflict in Iraq and every day I wonder "How much more? When will we end our desire for violence as a way to solve problems? When we will stop sending our young children off to fight and die? How can we, those who devote our ministry to caring for our youth and showing them Jesus' way of peace, love, and reconciliation, remain silent on this issue?"
(photo: a young soldier in the Viet Nam War)