By Jon Kauffman
9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. 1 John 2:9-11
Percent of population claiming to be Christian:
Ukraine: A 2018 survey conducted by the Razumkov Centre found that 71.7% of the Ukrainian population declared themselves believers.
Russia: A 2020 poll conducted by the Levada Center found that 63% of Russians claimed to be Orthodox Christian.
United States: In a recent Religious landscape study, 70.6% Americans were found to be Christian. Only 3.6% claimed to be atheist. This is down from 4% in the 1940s.
Jesus said we are to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and be willing to die for them. Jesus said we are to love our enemies.
If 72% of Ukrainians are Christian and 63% of Russians are Christian is it possible for a Christian to join either military without killing and hating fellow Christians. Is Just War possible?
I do not understand the situation in Ukraine. I do not trust the propaganda from the US government or the US media or the Russian government. If what many are saying is true, then since 2008 NATO and the European Union have been expanding and encroaching on what Putin feels should be neutral territory between the West and Russia. Putin has been warning that this encroachment must stop.
The situation is similar to the Cuban crisis when the US demanded that the Soviet Union did not place missiles in Cuba.
Many commentators claim that the United States has been involved in supplying Ukraine with weapons and pushing the Ukrainians to continue fighting so that Russia becomes destabilized in order to make access to Russia natural resources easier.
Some say that the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex want continual war in the area so that weapons makers can accumulate huge profits and the US can import cheap resources from Russia.
If the US is goading Ukraine to war to steal Russia’s resources, is it possible for a Christian to support the foreign policy position of the United States?
Jesus demonstrated love for enemy when he healed the Centurion’s servant. Jesus and the Roman Centurion
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