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The Resistance Prays

December 28, 2018
By Jo Schonewolf

Today's Top Story

"Democrats Hone Foreign Policy Pitches" in preparation for the 2020 presidential race, via NPR. Meanwhile, the International Rescue Committee has released their “Top 10 countries most at risk of humanitarian disaster in 2019,” via Al Jazeera. The top five countries on their list are Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Venezuela.


 
Scripture 

"Take my instruction instead of silver,
  and knowledge rather than choice gold;
for wisdom is better than jewels,
  and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
I, wisdom, live with prudence,
  and I attain knowledge and discretion.
The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
  and perverted speech I hate.
I have good advice and sound wisdom;
  I have insight, I have strength.
By me kings reign,
  and rulers decree what is just;
by me rulers rule,
  and nobles, all who govern rightly."
- Proverbs 8:10-16

Wisdom in Foreign Policy
  • We are still here, in the Christmas season of 2018, and often we find ourselves needing to be told to stay here, to be fully when and where we are in order to hear the cries of those in need around us. Often, we need to remind ourselves to rest in the present.
  • At the same time, there are other situations that require our forethought and attention, situations that cannot wait until 2019 or 2020. The Resistance Prays has meditated often about our planet’s environmental crisis, something that will require much action from us now in order to prevent even greater disaster down the road.

  • The IRC has highlighted 10 countries whose crisis will deepen, not lessen in 2019. It’s too late to prevent the famines, violence, and economic insecurity that led to these crises, but it’s not too late to begin to think of responses to them and ways of circumventing future violence, economic upheaval, and man-made famines. Foreign policy wisdom is needed.

  • The current administration has shown that foreign policy, especially policy regarding these countries, is not a priority, so we need to look ahead and search out those lawmakers and public servants who employ wisdom in how they think about the world and the United States’ role in it. After all, wisdom is better than riches and it is only by wisdom that rulers govern rightly. Wisdom is hatred of evil, which surely means hating the policies that have led to, exacerbated, or ignored the crises in Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Central African Republic, Syria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

Act
 Read up on the current news in each of these countries. Then, consider supporting the IRC’s work however you can.
Pray

God of Wisdom, the problems of our world are beyond the ability of any single person to fix. We pray that you would grant us and our leaders knowledge, intelligence, and insight that we may work together to bring the life abundant that you desire for all the world into the world. Help us to look ahead, even as we remain rooted in the present. Pour out your peace on Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Central African Republic, Syria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Let us be your hands and feet in bringing peace and restoration to these places. In the name of the Incarnate one we pray, amen.



 
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