More humble thought could mean fewer wars fought

War fights
Violence with violence,
Destruction with destruction,
Killing with killing.

War enrages
And engages
The worst phases
Of humanity.

War weaponizes,
Dehumanizes,
And trivializes
Human life.

War villainizes
And demonizes
People
To make it easier
To kill them.

Compassion is humanity’s most underutilized weapon.

War is deceptive. It’s cruelty and chaos confuse even the wisest people. The path to war leads to horror. The outcome of a war makes no difference to the people who are killed in it.

Battlefield medics know what war really is. Most of us hide behind mythical ideas about war to shelter us from its horrific truth.

War fully embraces the merciless use of violence. It gives in to humanity’s violent tendencies instead of resisting them.

From my earliest memories I was saddened and confused by war. I still am.

War plants the seeds of future wars. War is a failure to communicate. After listing all the possible excuses, justifications, and causes, war remains horrific. It releases and empowers hordes of demons.

The slaughter of human beings is never something to celebrate. The aftermath of a battlefield should be grieved, not celebrated.

War says: “If you believe you are right, then it’s okay to kill those you believe to be wrong.” It also says: “If our nations don’t agree, let’s kill each other until one side surrenders.”

War is infinitely more gory than it is glory. If you feel like a uniform makes a person your enemy, look beyond the clothes to the soul.

War fails to protect soldiers from being killed or wounded and innocent civilians from being collateral damage. When nations fight cruelty with cruelty, it increase cruelty instead of decreasing it.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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