The Scriptures tell us “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” And yet as John F. Kennedy was reported to have remarked in “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters,” we live in an age that celebrates military glory, not mercy and peace. And yet it is only when we make right with ourselves, will we be able to make right with the world.
With respect to obtaining peace abroad, Ronald Reagan demonstrated peace through strength really can work. By investing heavily in his Strategic Defense Initiative, for example, he bankrupted the Soviet Union and there with it ended a system so evil that it literally re-enacted the crucifixion on believing Christians.
Remarkably enough, he did all of this without ever launching a single missile. And he also did it under the guide of a humble and merciful spirit. From the very beginning, he prayed for Gorbachev and Soviet leadership. He listened to Russia’s criticisms of our capitalist system. And he wanted to further reduce our nuclear weapons, minimizing the chances of a self-destructive nuclear war. In short, Reagan eschewed the archetype of a military hero.
Today, communist China poses another kind of threat to anyone who wishes for a gentler and more merciful world. As Democratic peace theory holds, war becomes significantly less likely between two democracies than between free and unfree countries. And there is no doubt China is an unfree country. Its citizens are prohibited from voting in elections, they have no rights to a free press, and every form of worship must be registered with the government — the concept of religious liberty is a total fiction to the…
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