War in Europe and a Christian response


 By Daniel Darling - Posted at Baptist Press:

Vladimir Putin instructed his forces, amassed at the Ukrainian border, to proceed with the first invasion of a sovereign nation by another in nearly a century.

The thirty-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization, of which the United States is a member, condemned the invasion. President Biden condemned the attack as well and announced an escalating series of diplomatic and economic sanctions. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both offered similar condemnations of Russia’s unprovoked aggression.

For most of us, these events are jarring, having grown up with a free Europe where conflict largely involved a global fight against terrorism, under the assumption that the Cold War was over. But today we face the frightening prospect of an emboldened Russia led by an evil dictator. So how should Christians think and act in this moment?