ORIGIN OF RACES

A gracEmail reader in Ohio asks whether the Bible explains the origins of racial and color differences among humankind. *          *          * People in all nations share an original ancestor -- we all are from one blood (Acts 17:26). Because God created us, we are his "offspring" by nature, made for fellowship with him -- and with each other. Because sin has radically altered and distorted … [Read more...]

MORE BATTLEFIELD REFLECTIONS

After reading my recent reflections concerning the Battle of Franklin and the Civil War, an African-American brother in Georgia responded with some pertinent observations of his own. I found his comments insightful and provocative, so I share them with you today. My original remarks are quoted first, followed by his responses in italics. I have added two further comments in brackets. * * … [Read more...]

REFLECTIONS FROM A BATTLEFIELD

The battle began about 4:00 p.m. on November 30, 1864, and it raged for five hellish hours. Some 20,000 Confederate troops, commanded by the egotistical and miscalculating Gen. John Bell Hood, launched a suicidal, frontal assault along a two-mile front, across 400 yards of open fields. Their target -- the considerably smaller but well-entrenched and heavily-armed Union Army that earlier had … [Read more...]

KILLING IN WAR

A gracEmail subscriber who is a U.S. military officer asks how he should view killing in war. "I have an allegiance to Christ and to my country," he writes, "with the latter subordinate to the former. Can you provide any guidance?" * * * The Old Testament distinguishes between criminal homicide (murder, punishable by death), accidental homicide (for which asylum was … [Read more...]

WHEN THE SKY FALLS

If there ever was a time for turning our eyes and hearts to God, current events scream that this is that time. The United States is bogged down abroad in unwinnable wars against undefined and unidentifiable enemies, at a present cost of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. At home, metaphorical bears have emerged from the jungles of high finance to ravage the stock market, which this past … [Read more...]

BOMBING BAGHDAD’S BABIES

A gracEmail reader in Romania writes that U.S. sanctions against Iraq have led to the starvation of about one million innocent citizens. "What have they done to us?" he asks. "Should we punish them because of their dictator? If we do, the same will happen to us. We reap what we sow. 'Suffer the little Iraqi children to come unto me and kill them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven' (my … [Read more...]

FROM A BROTHER IN BELGRADE

On Saturday, March 27, 1999, I received a heart-wrenching e-mail from Goran Zarubica, a Christian brother in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, forwarded to me from a vocational missionary in China who is my cousin in the flesh. I reprint part of Brother Zarubica's unedited letter to remind us that God is not a nationalist, that his kingdom includes men and women of all peoples and nations, and that the day … [Read more...]