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'PEACE IS POSSIBLE' — Obama Writes Israeli ... - Business Insider

'PEACE IS POSSIBLE' — Obama Writes Israeli ... - Business Insider | Peace | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama declared "peace is possible" between Israelis and Palestinians in a new op-ed published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Monday night. "As I said last year in Jerusalem, peace is necessary, just, ...
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Russia, US and UN: Geneva peace talks only way to stop Syria ...

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Russia, the US and the UN have agreed that the only solution to the ongoing Syrian crisis lies within the framework of the “Geneva-2” peace talks, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
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Four things the Church should do for SYRIA - Salathiel R Nalli

Salathiel R Nalli is associated with Transbiblica, involved in wholistic ministries for the past 23 years, and is based in Hyderabad (India)

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In response to the alleged use of deadly chemical weapons near Damascus on 21st August 2013, the US is preparing for a possible military strike which may turn into a large scale global conflict over the coming months. This conflict which started in March 2011 between the government and opposition forces is heading towards a large scale humanitarian crisis in the history.

This is what the Church should do to minimize the impact of such a global conflict.

1. Care for the affected people:

Deuteronomy 10:18 ‘He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing’

Since the beginning of the war, more than 100,000 Syrians have been killed, about 4.5 million have been displaced within the country and more than 2 million have fled to other countries. In addition, tens of thousands of protesters have been imprisoned and there are reports of widespread torture and terror in state prisons.

All together around 6.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, for which the UN estimated the cost to be a mammoth $ 4.4 billion. The Syrian people need urgent help and protection. They need food, drinking water, health care, medical supplies and shelter. Around 1 million children need immunization, education and relief from trauma. Women need protection, privacy and safety.

The Church need to intensify its efforts in mobilizing much needed support to the Syrians and continue to send volunteers to participate in humanitarian mission.

2. Mobilize countries towards a political solution

Matthew 5:14 ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden’

Since the crisis erupted in 2011, the countries under the United Nations Security Council are trying to find a political solution to the crisis. The west is supporting the rebels fighting to remove the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power, while countries like Russia and China are supporting the Syrian government for controlling the rebels.

After the deadly chemical attacks on 21 August 2013, the western governments are increasingly contemplating military strikes on Syria. However, International law says that any military action must be taken after the UN Security Council approval. But few countries want to go for a military strike unilaterally.

As the world is reeling under utter confusion, the Church is called to be the salt and light of the society and show the right direction. The Church can also mobilize and work with their respective governments in finding a political solution which is agreeable to all the countries. The Church also should promote intense dialogue by organizing national, regional and international roundtables with all the parties.

3. Peace Building

Colossians 1:19-21 ‘For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross’ (NIV)

Syrian communities are not very complex compared to other countries like India. More than half the population are Sunni Muslims (60%), but all the power is in the hands of minority Alawites who constitutes only 12% of the population. The Alawite Baath party was ruling continuously since 1963 under emergency rule, banning all political parties, effectively turning the country into one party state without free elections. Other communities like Syrian Khurds who constitute 9% of the population were denied citizenship in the country.

Many of the activists and critics of the government have been subjected to torture leading to decades of widespread hatred towards the ruling community. The Christians constitute around 13% of the population, but mostly silent due to the fear of persecution.

Instead of remaining silent, the Church needs to intensify the efforts of Peace building among the communities. They can train, demonstrate and model the true reconciliation which is possible by the blood of Jesus Christ.

The church needs to contribute significantly to International peace efforts such as the Arab League Peace Plan, US-Russia Peace Plan, Kolfi Annan 6 point peace plan etc.,

4. Mobilize the world wide church for prayer

2 Chronicles 7:14 ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land’

On 7th September 2013, Pope Francis led a worldwide day of fasting and prayer for Syria calling the countries to rethink approaches to the conflict in Syria. It is quite significant as the last time a Pope called a similar day of prayer and fasting was in 2003, when Pope John Paul II did the same before the Iraq war.

Such prayers are symbolic; however they convey a powerful message to the world about the seriousness and the importance of an issue. However, we also need to repent for our lack of concern for our brothers, and doing little towards reducing the conflict over the last forty years.

Prayer is a powerful weapon in the hands of a Christian, and continuous prayer is required from the Christian community around the world asking God to guide us towards a peaceful solution to the highly complex crisis such as this. Praying continually helps us to understand God’s plan for the country and the way He wants us to address this.

The whole church worldwide has to fast and pray to save millions of our brothers and sisters till the end of conflict. When we cry out to the Lord for help, he will be able to intervene and help us to do great things for reducing the conflict in Syria.

Conclusion:

It’s very difficult to accept the failure of the Church in limiting the most dangerous developments in Syria. However, if the Church confesses and act God is ready to do mighty wonders among the nations which brings lasting peace for now and forever.

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Transbiblica is a global think-tank of Christian professionals whose aim is to mobilize the Church for the advancement of Kingdom concerns (Peace, Security, Justice, governance and Environment). It brings likeminded people together by providing an opportunity to deliberate, strategize and promote various activities which bring transformation among the nations. For feedback and comments, please send an email to transbiblica@gmail.com

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5% decline in peace costs US$473 billion : Kaieteur News

5% decline in peace costs US$473 billion : Kaieteur News | Peace | Scoop.it
A dramatic rise in the number of homicides and more countries increasing their military expenditure as a percentage of GDP were the key drivers in making the world a less peaceful place, according to the 2013 Global Peace ...
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Pakistan India talks: Delhi Policy Group chief sees hope for peace process - The Express Tribune

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The Express Tribune Pakistan India talks: Delhi Policy Group chief sees hope for peace process The Express Tribune Kumar said all the steps which could ease out tensions between the two countries and strengthen peace building measures were already...

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Robert Slone's curator insight, November 24, 2014 6:56 AM

So true everyone should be included in peace.

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International Day of Peace, 21 September

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"On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might.

-UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 

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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God - Jesus Christ

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Pope Francis Continues Peace Appeals on Twitter - Aleteia

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Pope Leads Prayer Vigil For Peace In Syria - NPR

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Global Peace Index 2013

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The Guardian reports on the release of the 2013 Global Peace Index and finds that the world has become less peaceful lately. The Global Peace Index ranks 162 countries security, conflict and the degree of militarization.

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