Summary: War lurks on the horizon for the United States. The talk of war and peace is deafening as the lines are drawn in our own nation by those who believe we should "act" and those who believe we should "wait." In 2 Chronicles 20:1-19, King Jehoshaphat took a
“Before You Go To War…”
2 Chronicles 20:1-19
There’s talk on the streets. Talks of war. Talks of peace. Talks of protests. Talks of support. There’s lots of talk going on in the cafés, country clubs, break rooms, boardrooms, and bedrooms of America and around the world.
People are gathering and everywhere they gather they are talking. Talking about Saddam Hussein. Talking about George Bush. Talking about bombs and bullets, oil and genocide, terrorism and truth. If you take the time to listen to the people talking then you can end up really confused about who is right. Let me give you a sampling of what I am talking about.
Just last weekend there were anti-war protests in 38 countries around the world according to the International Answer, an anti-war and anti-racism organization that is acting as the brainchild behind the protests. The Washington Post reported on some of those protests:
A look at anti-war demonstrations Saturday in U.S. cities and around the world:
–Washington: At least 30,000 marched, part of a far larger crowd that rallied outside the Capitol, in the day’s cornerstone protest. Signs branded America a "Rogue Nation," and demanded, "Disarm Bush."
–San Francisco: Tens of thousands packed downtown streets, holding signs that read "Peace for All Nations" and "Patriots for Peace," in an action that, like Washington’s, drew people from far away.
–Florida: "Smart Bombs Dumb Move," said at a sign at a St. Augustine protest that drew 200 people. "It’s great to see an army for peace instead of an army for death and war," said activist David Thundershield Queen. About 400 people assembled in Venice. About 500 in Tampa rallied outside the gates of MacDill Air Force Base, home to U.S. Central Command, which would coordinate an Iraq war.
–France: In the third nationwide anti-war demonstration since October, 6,000 shouting protesters in Paris shouted in English "Stop Bush! Stop War!" and set off firecrackers.
–Turkey: Communists demonstrated outside a theater showing the latest James Bond movie to protest the U.S.-British alliance that they claimed was planning to make war on Iraq.
–Russia: Outside the U.S. Embassy, Russians chanted "U.S. hands off Iraq!" and "Yankee, go home!" A banner read: "Iraq isn’t your ranch, Mr. Bush."
–Ireland: Protesters converged on Shannon Airport to protest its use as a refueling stop for U.S. military aircraft.
–Netherlands: Hundreds marched the streets of Rotterdam, Nijmegen and Leiden. In Uden, police detained 90 activists for trying to invade an air base where U.S. and Dutch forces are stationed. (Washington Post, The Associated Press Saturday, January 18, 2003)
Protests in thirty-eight countries around the world. Lots and lots of people crying out, “Smart Bombs, Dumb Move!” “Bomb Texas They Have Oil,” and “Grannies For Peace.” Now if that doesn’t convince you that what America is doing is wrong then I don’t know what will.
If you need a little more convincing then you need to know that at the Mall in Washington D.C. there were such notable speakers as Vietnam veteran, Ron Kovic, the subject of the movie, “Born On The Fourth of July,” actress Jessica Lange, the Reverend Al Sharpton, actress Tyne Daly, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and former congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney. All of these people were speaking in defense of peace, urging the President to stop his aggression on Iraq.