As Believers in the Kingdom of God, how should we stand in relation to the war in Ukraine? It’s a question many are wrestling with. I certainly am. Likely the answer is nuanced, but I thought to share one understanding.
Part of the answer is obvious. We follow the Master Who, seeing His people as “sheep without a shepherd” was moved with compassion for them all.
The nation He viewed with such tenderness and grace was sinful, leaderless Israel (in a sinful world, of course), riven with spiritual and political corruption. The multitudes of ordinary people were living – amidst growing rebellion – under the oppressive occupation by Rome.
Jesus’s heart was His Father’s, Who for so long had been pained by the disobedience of His stiff-necked people, and their affliction because of it. And seeing all of their affliction afflicted Him (Isaiah 63:9).
But Jesus engaged in no finger-wagging judgement. He did not indulge in dispassionate, insensitive evaluation. He never said, “they deserve it.”
And when, on the Mount of Olives, He saw all the horrors that would soon...
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