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Either we go to war or we do nothing, but there might be some other things we can do

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North Korea, Nukes, and President Trump The Prudential and Moral Considerations of a Just War

BreakPoint: North Korea, Nukes, and President Trump
The Prudential and Moral Considerations of a Just War

by: John Stonestreet & G. Shane Morris

The war rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S. turned nuclear this week, literally. Thankfully, Christians have thought about these things before.

U.S. intelligence now believes that North Korea—currently under the rule of a despicable, evil, irrational dictatorship—has capability to mount a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Kim Jong Un has said he’ll never give up his pursuit of nuclear weapons, and just this week, he threatened attacks on the U.S. mainland and the
U. S. territory of Guam.

In response, President Trump warned that if these threats continue, North Korea will face “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Rhetoric aside, the President does face a very grave dilemma: how to prevent North Korea from following through on its threats. The prudential and moral considerations here are colossal. He and our entire national security team need our prayers.

What he doesn’t need is bad advice. One evangelical advisor made headlines saying that the president had been anointed by God to “take out” Kim Jong Un by “by any means possible.”

“By any means possible” is a Machiavellian response, not a Christian one. And I know Chuck Colson would have said so too.

Chuck, a former Marine Captain and advisor to President Nixon, was no pacifist. But he was a disciplined Christian thinker who talked frequently about “just war theory.” He knew the rich wisdom about war from those who had gone before was an antidote to hyper-emotional reactionism.

To give you a taste, here’s Chuck, from 2009:

Chuck Colson: For nearly two millennia, Christian thinkers starting with Augustine… have developed what is known as the just war theory. For a war to be seen as just, it must meet several conditions. It must be waged by legitimate authority. The cause itself must be just, as well as the intention behind going to war. War must be a last resort, waged by means proportional to the threat. We must not target non-combatants, and we must have a reasonable chance of success.

John: Let’s unpack this criteria. First, the intent of the war has to be just. Is preventing an irrational dictatorship from using nuclear weapons a just cause? Yes, but it raises other questions. Is a preemptive strike morally just? Chuck felt so in certain cases and he cited Christian precedent. But in the years after the preemptive invasion of Iraq, he admitted that hindsight showed the intelligence leading to the attack was faulty. So U. S. intelligence must be correct about the status of North Korea’s capabilities.

Second, for a war to be just, there must be a reasonable chance of success. That means success must be achievable, and it must be defined. In this case, is it the toppling of Kim Jong Un, or just removing his capability of producing and delivering nuclear weapons?

Third, is war a last resort? Are all other avenues closed? This is almost always the final hinge on which a just decision swings.

Fourth, we must not target non-combatants. A U. S. attack on North Korea should focus on their leadership and nuclear facilities. But we must also consider civilian cost to our allies. If North Korea has time to retaliate against an attack, experts warn of hundreds of thousands if not millions of South Korean, perhaps even Japanese, civilian casualties.

Fifth, is our response proportional to the threat? “Fire and fury like the world has never seen” is a vague answer to that question. Are we talking cruise missiles here, or tactical nuclear weapons?

As Chuck said back in 2009, these are tough questions for any leader. And he knew, having served in the White House at the side of a president.

So Christian, we must pray to the God of history and nations for wisdom for our leaders and for a just end to the evil regime in North Korea. And, in our words, whether we’re advising the President or own children about this situation, we must be thoughtful and morally considerate, not emotionally reactive.

The Bloodshed of Atheists

Listen to a radio commentary about those who have done evil who opposed the works of God.
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President Trump rejects Obama Cuba policy

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President Trump is wrong to trust Saudi Arabia ( would he trust the KKK to make sure the civil rights laws are followed )

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For the First Time, Russia Ranked Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

Russia’s ongoing crackdown on religious minorities, foreign missionaries, and evangelists has earned it a spot among the worst countries in the world for religious freedom.
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which flags religious freedom violators for the State Department, listed the former Soviet state among six new Tier 1 “countries of particular concern” (CPC) in its latest annual report, released Wednesday.
It is the first time in the commission’s almost 20-year history that Russia has made the list. A total of 16 countries currently hold the CPC designation, and another dozen are being reviewed as Tier 2.

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The lies that entangle North Korea

North Korea (MNN) — North Korea shows up in the headlines for a variety of reasons. Most recently, it’s been the country’s nuclear arms activity, and the murder of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam. But if we want to really characterize this country in a phrase, it’s safe to say that North Korea is tangled in lies and deception.

Patrick Klein of Vision Beyond Borders says he’s seen this deception first hand.
On one visit to the country, Klein asked his tour guide several basic questions about Kim Jon Un and his family. The tour guide responded by saying that information had not been released by the government. The people were kept from knowing even the most basic biographical information about their leader.
“There’s this real mystery about it that they can’t have information about his personal life, they can’t know anything about his marital status. We do know he’s been very brutal, even killing his uncle in North Korea for working too closely with the Chinese,” Klein says.
And yet, once outside the country, anyone can do a quick Google search to learn more about the family.

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Lessons from the life of Castro ( a thought on the Bible ) 

Listen to a thought on he Bible right here or read it below. 

Hi I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

    What are we leaving behind in this world. What will people think of us , or say about us , when we are no longer living in this world.

    Those thoughts come to my mind as I reflect on the life of the former President of Cuba Fidel Castro, who passed from this life to the next life at the age of 90 a few months back.

  The western media said things like he loved the people of Cuba. In truth he put many souls from Cuba in prison for speaking out against the Cuban government, or following the Lord instead of following Castro. Other souls he had put to death. 

 I do believe there are things we can learn from the life of Castro.

       The first lesson is what are we leaving behind. What will people think of you and I after we are gone.The people of Cuba, and many souls in the world will not have good things to say about Castro. No matter what the media says. You may not have put souls in prison like Castro, but have you put your job ahead of your family. Have you not been honest with others in business matters. Have you treated others wrongly. 

         The second lesson while we are living we can always change. It is too late for Castro. However you, and I can change with God’s help. We can not change on our own. Philippians 4:13 reads , “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

     The last lesson and the most important one is we all are going to die. What will matter is what we did with Christ. The question is do you know him. If you don’t know him after death there is no hope for you. Before you die you can find that hope. All you have to do is admit you are a sinner, and embrace Jesus Christ as your savior. It is too late for Castro. One can only hope he repented of his sins and received Christ. God is going to say when you stand before him, well done good and faithful servant. Or he is going to say the most horrible words I never knew you. What decides what God says is decided by what you do with Christ.

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson

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A pro life miracle from China 

When we save just one life from abortion, we’re saving the future. I’ll explain with a beautiful story.

Eric Metaxas
A thirteen-year-old girl named Anni is seated at the piano on the stage at Carnegie Hall. She is wearing a neat white dress, and she’s playing brilliantly. The crowd applauds enthusiastically.
That was one month ago. Three years ago, it was a different story. Then, Anni was huddled in a jail cell in China. She was kept there overnight without food, water, or even access to a toilet. The Chinese government had locked her up as retaliation for her father’s activities protesting China’s repressive policies.
The story of how Anni got from there to Carnegie Hall is a miracle—one that teaches us how much God values every human life.
Anni’s father, Zhang Lin, is a nuclear physicist who was himself sent to prison. To get his daughter out of China, he contacted my friend Reggie Littlejohn, founder of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. Reggie, along with U.S. Representative Chris Smith and others, succeeded in bringing Anni and her sister to the U.S. Praise God. Reggie and her husband took the girls in, to raise as their own daughters.
But this is far from the whole story. You see, if the Chinese government had had its way, Anni would never have been born. Anni was a second child at a time when China’s One Child policy was in brutal effect. Millions of Chinese women were forced to undergo abortions for the “crime” of expecting a second child.
Anni escaped this fate thanks to the courage of her parents. As Reggie posted at the Women’s Rights Without Frontiers website, “Family planning police came daily to pressure Anni’s mother to abort her. Anni’s father was able to get permission for Anni’s birth only after a long and difficult struggle.”
Without their courage, “Anni could easily have been one of the 400 million lives ‘prevented’ by China’s One Child policy of coercive population control, Reggie notes. “Or she could have been selectively aborted because she is a girl, as happens to so many second daughters in China.”
daily_commentary_01_09_17Today, Reggie says, “We are so proud of Anni. She is flourishing, both as a pianist and as a top student. Her story is an example for all those who struggle against the odds. Through our help and her own hard work, Anni is a witness to the hope of a new beginning and to the beauty, brilliance, and infinite value of Chinese girls.”
Anni herself gives all the credit to God—both for her birth and for all her accomplishments. “God did a total miracle, because I never could have made it without His help,” Anni says. “Winning the competition to play in Carnegie Hall was 1 percent me and 99 percent God.”
I’m telling Anni’s story this week because we’re coming up on a tragic anniversary: the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision. Anni is a reminder of what we lose every day, in America, in China, and all over the world, when a small life is snuffed out. We lose children who might have become pianists, medical researchers, farmers, soldiers, artists, and moms and dads themselves.
We’ll never know what the world has lost thanks to the millions of children who were killed through abortion. But you and I can work to save other babies—all of them with great value in God’s eyes. Children just like Anni.
Before I leave you today, I want to urge you and your church to join our “21 Days of Prayer for Life” campaign. Just come to BreakPoint.org and download our free .pdf prayer guide. And please, please, share the link with others. Maybe your Bible study or family or homeschool group or Christian school class will commit to pray for life this January. Again, get your “21 Days of Prayer for Life”—download it at BreakPoint.org.

Believe it or not the U.N. honored the late Cuba leader Fidel Castro 

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