The saying: “All’s fair in love and war” is used to justify immoral, unethical or just plain bad behaviour.
Is there a hint of despair too; what has fairness to do with it at all?
Syria’s chemical weapons reminds us about World War One. All weapons are fearful but chemical and biological ones have provoked almost universal outrage.
However, human conflict is often and inevitably bloody and horrific: our world seems unable to live in peace.
The battle between good and evil is everywhere: families at war; neighbours at odds with each other. Our inherent flawed nature means there will be conflict, between countries, communities or individuals. However, peace-loving folk will always strive to reconcile where there is conflict.
The message of Jesus Christ was that something can be done about our core human nature. Peace with God through Christ instils peace in our hearts and lives, and affects relationships with others. To his followers he says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Jesus was called Prince of Peace for a reason.
Rev Nic Hasnip
Long Sutton Baptist Church