by Robert John Stevens, February 1, 2017
The responsible nation(s), or those bombing, are the root cause of the Middle East wars that are creating Muslim refugees
I understand international churches may not feel safe speaking out about wars of aggression. I know God is pained by these wars and the suffering of civilians, especially women, children and
And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.—Book of Mormon, Ether 8:22
Governments are the cause of the refugee problem; however, governmental relief requires monetary theft from citizens via taxation. Citizens can’t use the force of government to tax and redistribute money to their favorite causes. Volunteers and churches are responsible for disaster relief. See my article: James Madison on Entitlements,
It seems fair that governments who cause the problems should be required to fix them, but neither the cause nor the solutions are the proper role of government.
Maybe government leaders should always be responsible for war crimes. If the president were penalized a million dollars for every civilian causality, he may think hard before deploying assassination teams.
Regarding President Trump’s ban on Muslim refugees, I don’t know if it is compatible with the mind and will of God. Citizens don’t start wars—governments do. To keep us safe, and stop waring against homeland defenders, we should bring back all our troops and end foreign entanglements as President Washington and the Founding Fathers so wisely advised, and be a nation of peacemakers.
If Apostle David A. Bednar of the LDS Church were the President of the United States, would he war against any nation or people that haven’t attacked us? Would he lead assassination teams? I’d expect greater peace on earth if President Bednar were commander and chief.