I don’t know if we should be pulling troops our of Syria or not. I’m not a politician or a political expert. All I can do is hope the President and his advisers are making good decisions. Only time will tell.
But accounts of that part of the world paint horrible pictures. According to the United Nations, more than five million Syrians have been forced to leave the country. More than six million others have sought to find safety elsewhere in Syria.
Jesus looked over Jerusalem and wept. “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:42).
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 70.8 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced, and 37,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day due to conflict or persecution.
I don’t know much about international politics, but I know Jesus is weeping.
Currently, there are more than 40 active conflicts around the world, according to The New Humanitarian, a non-profit news agency focusing on humanitarian stories in forgotten regions.
These wars are causing humanitarian crises. The New Humanitarian says the number of people affected by humanitarian crises has almost doubled over the past decade. The situations are characterized by mass displacement and severe hunger and are compounded by the evacuation of aid organizations.
When I look up at the cross in our sanctuary, I see Jesus weeping.
The Republic of Haiti is suffering a meltdown. Haiti and its people won my heart after several visits there on short term mission trips. The people are hurting from corruption and injustice. They simply want to have enough money and security to feed their children.
Jesus is weeping.
Central American migrants are fleeing for their lives. Gang-related murders, kidnappings, extortion, and sexual violence are daily facts of life according to Doctors Without Borders. Women and children are the most vulnerable in this crisis as they become victims of rape, kidnapping, torture, or murder.
Jesus’s heart is torn. He is weeping.
He is weeping for the people who are hurting.
But I think maybe he is also weeping because evil has become so pervasive.
I’m not an expert on international relations, but I’m weeping with Jesus. Can’t something be done?
If only we knew what would bring peace. Why does it continue to be hidden from our eyes?
In Closing I say, “Lift High the Cross”