The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Support our troops, speak out for diplomacy

I’m proud that my son is a Marine who decided to serve our country. I’m also convinced that those in our church who oppose this war should continue to speak out clearly and frequently against the Bush administration’s many failures in its abandonment of the first principle of democracy — diplomacy.

Now in a time of war, the best support that can be given our troops and our nation is to end the hostilities and begin to repair the damage done to all people of the world — physically and diplomatically.

We must be mindful, however, that those who serve in this war — regardless of the war’s political justification — do so in service to the highest ideals of this country, and they serve even to giving their lives for the sake of those ideals. These men and women are to be honored, for Jesus said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).


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