By Bruce Sloan

Rev. Bruce Sloan

Rev. Bruce Sloan

Some major international financial newspapers have given the lead on the need of war with Syria. The Vatican called for a day of prayer for peace. Politicians around the world are looking at each other as they read tea leaves to see what their constituents desire.

In all of the tragedy unfolding in Syria, the plight of the two million homeless Syrians, the hundreds of bodies wrapped in white linen from the sarin gas attack, and the streaming of blood-covered news accounts of the war within Syria, the church in the United States has enjoyed the comfort of liturgical readings, heavenly incense and the Daily Office.

The Financial Times of London recently headed its opinion page: “The moral case for intervention in Syria.” The drum of business beats that “to do nothing” is the worst decision of all. This is from a Sept. 1article in the Wall Street Journal: “Leading From Behind Congress, Obama recklessly gambles with American credibility.” War is good for business and so “Congress should give the President more ability to respond to reprisals, support the Syrian opposition and assist our allies if they are attacked.”

After a very gracious bow to Queen Rania of Jordan, Pope Francis issued a challenging sermon on the following Sunday for peace in the Syrian conflict. Read More…

President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter

On the brink of potential U.S. bombings in Syria, At the Threshold revisits President Jimmy Carter’s 2003 New York Times Opinion piece on the justifications for war.

“As a Christian and as a president who was severely provoked by international crises, I became thoroughly familiar with the principles of a just war, and it is clear that a substantially unilateral attack on Iraq does not meet these standards… The war can be waged only as a last resort, with all nonviolent options exhausted.” Read the full article here.

By Jonathan Merritt for Religion News Service

The Syrian civil war has become a humanitarian hell. More than 100,000 are dead, images of a state-sanctioned chemical weapons attack have evoked a global protest, and most Western leaders agree that Syrian President Bashar Assad is an all-around bad guy. But enacting another bloody and expensive war against an unstable Middle Eastern country, particularly one with the backing of Russia and Iran, is something many Americans have little stomach for.

So which position should Christians support?

Read the full article here.