War And Peace
I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid (John 14:27).
America's military establishment has what they call "war colleges" in each of the major branches to help train leaders on strategy and the utilization of national resources necessary to implement that strategy. There is also a National War College in Washington, D.C.
Leading generals, admirals, and other key military figures frequent these high-level institutions. A large percentage of individuals who have reached the level of these high ranks have seen war first hand. They have seen their buddies die. They have experienced bloodshed. Their own lives have often been at risk or endangered, or they have suffered injury. Most of them believe in God and I have discovered that many have a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Some time ago I was invited to one of the war colleges to be a guest and interact with our military leaders.
In the course of the conversation and times of interaction, the proposal was made that it be renamed "Peace College" instead of War College because the military might of the American forces is dedicated to maintaining world peace.
I remember President Ronald Reagan's slogan, "Peace Through Strength." Thank God that the strength that President Reagan fostered, with the prayers of millions, helped avoid a nuclear war with the former Soviet Union and eventually brought down that entire anti-God system, allowing free access to the gospel.
The motto of the former Strategic Air Command, for decades home of all the nuclear bombers and missiles of the U. S. Air Force, was "Peace Is Our Profession."
This seems paradoxical for the military, but America has no territorial designs. In all our major wars, we have never had a selfish, ulterior purpose and we have not acquired one inch of territory, gaining nothing. Our goal is to see that peace reigns throughout the world. This no doubt springs from our biblical heritage and roots, of which so many citizens are sadly unaware.
On the contrary, Americans have financed the rebuilding of our former enemies, such as with Japan after World War II, and Marshall Plan in Europe, and recently in Iraq.
But in spite of our many noble efforts, the great sacrifices of so many, and temporary victories, true peace will never come to this world until the Prince of Peace returns. And peace will never be available to individual hearts until they receive this Prince to be their personal Savior and Lord.
Before He left, our Lord spoke about that peace, in our theme verse above.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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