In stark contrast to the death and destruction of recent wars, there is a striving for global peace by politicians and religious figures alike.
UN News – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, took the podium expressing support for the theme of the United Nations 72nd General Assembly –‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent life for all on a Sustainable Planet’ – questioning why the world’s elites failed to see its pertinence.
The Middle East– significant efforts for nearly 30 years have been made by numerous Presidents, Prime Ministers and the like to construct a ‘deal’ to bring peace to this area, and it remains a principle focus of world politics.
Pope Francis– used his Easter Sunday message (2018) to “implore fruits of peace upon the entire world.”
Francis called for a “swift end” to carnage in the “beloved and long-suffering land of Syria” as well as “reconciliation” between Palestinians and Israelis. He expressed hope that mutual respect would “prevail over divisions” in Yemen and the entire Middle East. The pope urged more steps to bring harmony to Ukraine, where fighting between government forces and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 10,300 people since April 2014. Francis also mentioned the Korean Peninsula, urging “those who are directly responsible to act with wisdom and discernment to promote the good of the Korean people.”
There are hundreds of ‘Global Peace’ organisations and the number is increasing, currently including;
- International Peace Bureau
- United Nations Security Council
- World Peace Council
- International Peace Institute
- Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
- Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
The 21stSeptember is the date for the annual International Day of Peace or ‘World Peace Day’ established by the United Nations in 1981.
What does this mean?
Over 3,000 years ago we were told of a time when the world would strive for peace but never attain it. That time is now.
1 Thessalonians 5: 3– While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
What does the Bible tell us about?– The Future
What does this mean for me?– Good News