Starting without thinking…

When it comes to the military, I don’t want to discuss things. I want to let – I want to let the action take place before the talk takes place. Donald Trump

Meditation: “Reacting” has become the strategy of the US President. It is scary that consequences are not even being discussed or weighed before military action is taken. It is disconcerting that the president uses the name of God three times when justifying his military attacks. He prays for the first time on public television and “blesses America”  now that military power is being used. “Deterring the abuse of chemical weapons” and “ending terrorism” is his stated goal. However, doing this without communicating with allies? Without congress being involved? Unilateral expansion of the war in Syria? Actions were taken in complete isolation, without consultation, without agreement. Mortal power over life and death in the hand of a man who simplifies and often does not even seem to understand the complexity of international relations. The president predicts “peace and harmony” prevailing in the end? Really? Dragging America in a military attack… gambling with the danger of intensifying war… unpredictable consequences and counter reactions looming on the horizon…

Prayer: God, within three months our country is engaging militarily. One man decided this on his own. A man who makes decisions before thinking or talking. A man who reacts without being accountable to anybody while mis-using Your name to justify his display of power. God, have mercy on the Syrian people as the war around them might even intensify and what is happening might put them even more at risk…God, have mercy. Amen

What king on his way to war with another king will not first sit down and consider whether he can engage with ten thousand men the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Luke 14:31