The threatened conflict in the Middle East is now begun.
Efforts were made to avoid it, but all in vain.
The expulsion of Iraqi troops from Kuwait twelve years ago did not discourage Saddam’s wickedness and he has remained a troublemaker.
War should be the last resort.
Winston Churchill said: ‘Jaw-jaw is better than war-war.’ But when talking and diplomacy are fruitless, and inaction would make wicked men feel they can sin with impunity, conflict is the only sensible option. The Allies gave Saddam several years to deal with his weapons of mass destruction, and he still didn’t do it. So Britain and the United States can hardly be accused of rushing into war.
War should be the last resort because of what it costs.
Think about the financial costs of war.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the world spent $500 billion on armaments’ in 1980! In the last twenty years and more, military spending has only escalated. What a terrible drain of resources!
But the cost in lives is much more serious. An estimated 10 million died in World War I. Between 40 and 50 million died in World Ward II! How many hearts are left broken as a result of war!
We think at this time of the young soldiers who are serving in Iraq.
Some were only a few years old at the last Gulf War. Now they are on the front line facing the enemy. If the Iraqis are stubborn in resistance, many young men will lay down their lives to secure liberty for others.
Our thoughts turn to the necessity of preparation for death.
The story is told of a court jester who was the favourite of his king.
One day the king presented him with a golden wand and said: ‘Travel far and wide and when you find a greater fool than yourself give him the wand.’ The jester obeyed and set off on his journey. When he was away from the court he received some bad news – the king was dying. He rushed back to be at his bedside. The king said: ‘I am going on a journey from which I shall never return,’ His little friend said: ‘Have you made preparation for the journey’ the king was taken aback. He had never given serious thought to that most important matter. He replied: ‘No’, ‘Then,’ said the jester, ‘I am afraid that I must you the golden wand.’ At last he had found a greater fool than himself.
You are a fool if you haven’t made preparation for meeting your Maker.
Christ is your only hope. He died to save you from your sin. You will be safe in Christ.
Hebrews 2: 14-15 tells us that through death He ‘destroyed him that had the power of death, that is to say, the Devil, and delivers them who through fear of death are all their lifetime subject to bondage’.