Majority of Evangelical Pastors Oppose Strike on Syria

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Results of a new NAE poll show over 60 percent of evangelical pastors reject the idea of military intervention in the Syrian civil war.

Results of a new National Association of Evangelicals poll show over 60 percent of evangelical pastors reject the idea of military intervention in the Syrian civil war. NAE president Leith Anderson announced that when asked the question “Should Congress authorize direct U.S. military intervention in Syria?”, only 37.5 percent of its member pastors answered affirmatively while 62.5 percent were against it. Although not all evangelical denominations are included in the NAE, Anderson pointed out some difficult issues in the question and outlined several reasons why pastors would be so divided.

Anderson pointed out that certainly there has been international agreement against the use of chemical weapons; however, a strike against Syria could lead to a larger conflict in the troubled region.

“The Bible teaches us to pray for our leaders,” he wrote. “This is a week for extra prayers as our Congress and President decide what to do about Syria. And, let’s add Syrian leaders to our prayer list. Our request is that God will give wisdom to make choices for a lasting peace in the region.”

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  • Pastor William (Bill) Perkins

    How to respond to chemically killing your people what a question. It is my belief we can handle this with one strong military force. I know I might be considered radical in this decision but how scan we stand by allowing people to be killed by weapons of mass destruction that are clearly spoke against in the United Nations. We do not have to get involved with there war as it is one sect of Muslims against another and this will continue on until Jesus returns. We call ourselves christians and yet we will stand by asking for God to resolve through prayers, maybe just maybe God wants to see if we are willing to help the innocent. Jesus own words state as much as we have done this for the least of these, maybe the least of these is not just clothing, feeding, healing but included in there is protection. We should be willing to offer that as well, one strong military strike on one crucial target letting the world know that we as a nation will not stand for this kind of blatant disrespect of human life. Well then again we murder millions every year through abortion so maybe we have forgotten the importance of human life so much so we really do not know Jesus at all. As Kyle Idelman says it we have become fans and have not the inclinging of what it takes to be a follower.

  • Jonathan Hughes

    Hooray, the churches are finally rounding a corner. They are refusing to war. Expand that though not warring against the sexuality names too.

  • Gil De La Rosa

    I don’t believe entering another war with Syria who is bombing Syria makes any sense. We may discover that replacing one bad regime for another bad one could make the present situation worse than what it is now! Who will pay for this war if we make that commitment or will our Government continue to print more money to pay for an added debt that is already out of control. Let’s focus on making America strong that is one Nation under God once again!

  • Vincent Aja

    The Awake Magazine published by the Jehovah Witnesses had just written that any war that the Baptist Church has failed to support in America will never hold. If the Evangelicals Pastors were not supporting this war because of these two things, may this be the end of the American people engaging themselves in any more war. (1) Their hatred for the President Obama. (2) Because there is no economic interest of the American people at stake. I do not believe in war, but when we have the mad people in power killing those innocent people that God had permitted them to rule, and also who were threats to their neighbors. And when the world body like the UN has become a toothless bull dog, should the last police man of the world sit down and folds her hand?

  • Ryan

    What Obama is proposing is no different than a Chicago style drive-by shooting but at a grand scale. I wrote my Illinois senator and representative and told them not to attack Syria. This is a baaaaad idea.


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