Sunday, June 01, 2008

Remembering the fallen. . .

Four thousand five hundred and seventy (4,570) members of the U. S. Armed Forces have given their lives during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Something very serious to think and pray over on this beautiful Sunday in America.

The Washington Post provides a tool for this important meditation at: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/.

The loss of life, the cost of the conflict and the future of our national life--all are extremely important concerns for urban communities.

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9 comments:

honest inquiry said...

How are we ever going to get out of the madness that is this war???

Larry James said...

Moral courage, organized political will and faithfulness with an eye to the pain of all involved and all who are deprived (including the urban poor) due to the current policy.

John said...

Larry- In response to your comments(all extremely pointed & mind-stretching for me) on Mike Cope's blog re:political responses & resposibilities of citizens toward "the poor", you stated that the situation had gotten much worse since 2001.Did I read that right?? Can you expound on this a little more?? thanks--ellen (john's my hubby)

Anonymous said...

What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.

2 Corinthians 4:18

Larry James said...

Ellen, thanks for your post. Since 2001, over 5 million additional Americans have fallen below the poverty line. Pick the indicator: housing, health care, income--things are worse. Just a fact as reported by the U. S. Census Bureau and other impartial sources of data.

Anon4:35 p.m., your high sounding spirituality just doesn't line up with all that Jesus said about what it meant to follow him. What happens here and now affects the outcomes in the glorious future to which you too quickly retreat. Sorry, but the time has long passed to allow for spiritualizing the clear directives of Jesus.

Eric Livingston said...

Not to mention the estimated 90,000 fallen Iraqis (most of whom were civilians).

These wars have a much higher death toll than our 4,000+ American lives lost.

Anonymous said...

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Charles said...

Is our latest Anonymous a verse-a-day blog comment spam? Or just hiding behind some Scripture to avoid the rest?

Justin said...

Anon, that verse would more accurately read "abundant life" not eternal life. Jesus came to give us life to the full, and this abundant life doesn't look like what the world thinks it looks like. It looks like the life of Jesus... loving and living among the poor, showing them respect, eschewing power, being a servant.