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“For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.” (Ephesians 2:14, NRSV)
Too often, United Methodists define themselves by what they are against – we stand against war, against bullying, against racial and economic injustice, against police brutality, against terrorism. The focus on what we are against sometimes causes us to lose sight of what we are for – United Methodists are for peace, for justice, for diversity and equality. We are for reconciliation and restoration, for harmony and unity. Now is a crucial time for United Methodists to communicate what we are for, as we witness the growing tensions and political maneuvering concerning North Korea.
Our 2016 Book of Resolutions has a clear statement of The United Methodist Church position concerning the situation on the Korean peninsula. Resolution #6135 – “Korea: Peace, Justice, and Reunification” states a compelling vision for what is possible to bring an end to division, and to pave a path toward healing and wholeness. Our vision is a commitment to set aside differences, and not make excuses, but to clearly communicate our desire for the war in Korea to end – the 1953 Armistice never formally ended the war – and to work toward reconciliation, reunification, and restoration of families and bloodlines from North and South. The United Methodist vision is grounded in a Christian witness for the glory of God to overcome the worldly powers and principalities. We oppose sanctions and military responses to difficult and complex global realities. We seek faith over force, and a mature collaboration beyond threat and bullying.
United Methodists are committed to humanitarian negotiation. We reject violence as a viable solution. We call all people called United Methodist to contact governmental representatives at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as leaders of our United Nations, to work toward treaty and peaceful diplomacy. We see no immediate or lasting value to military options, including preemptive strikes. As always, United Methodists call for disarmament, and an end to nuclear and chemical weaponry.
Our options should be peace options. Working together toward an end to the divisions and hostilities that divide Korea should be a high priority for our Church, as well as our country. It is important that actions have consequences. We do not ask anyone to ignore violations of human rights, or threats to global security, but we should seek to model solutions that create and build a viable future, instead of imposing one nation’s values on others. We call for President Trump, Vice President Pence, and our military decision makers to use caution, discretion, and patience in dealing what our American media most often characterizes as “threat,” “violation,” and “aggression.”