Summary: Unity, forgiveness, and peace.
Luk 14:31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
Luk 14:32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Luk 14:34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
Luk 14:35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Most wars are fought over disputes to do with territory, religion, or resources, but sometimes wars are fought over something as simple as a soccer game. In 1969, a four-day war was fought between Salvador and Honduras after rioting exploded after second North American qualifying round for the 1970 World Cup. Emotions were very high in this qualifying round, so much so that there were many reports of fighting between citizens of Honduras and Salvador. While it may seem funny as a reason to start a war, this war was actually quite serious for both countries.
On July 14, the Salvadoran Air Force attacked targets in Honduras, including an airport and the dropping of 22 100-pound bombs. Salvador also launched major offensives on main roads that connected both of the countries. By July 15, Salvador was advancing into Honduras and had taken over the city of Nueva Ocotepeque and eight other cities. After this though, Honduras fought back, dropping bombs in Salvador, including oil facilities, an airport and the use of napalm. The next day, an immediate cease-fire was called and Salvador withdrew from Honduras. On July 20, the cease fire took full effect. It was not until 11 years later that both countries signed a peace treaty.
In all, 300,000 Salvadorans were displaced due to the war. El Salvador suffered 900 casualties, while Honduras lost 100 troops and 2,000 civilians.
Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England under Henry VIII, spoke the following words to the judges who had unjustly condemned him to death:
- “As the blessed apostle St. Paul . . . consented to the death of St. Stephen, and kept their clothes that stoned him to death, and yet be they now both twain holy saints in Heaven, and shall continue there friends for ever, so I verily trust, and shall therefore right heartily pray, that though your Lordships have now here in earth been judges to my condemnation, we may yet hereafter in Heaven merrily all meet together, to our everlasting salvation”
More’s statement exhibits the beauty of forgiveness.
- So also do the words of Stephen, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” (Acts 7:60);
- And of our Lord, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
Philemon 19 – I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay; not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides.