DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Do you think we'll ever have lasting peace? I'm not sure all those wars we've fought in the past have done much good, because the world seems just as bad off today as it was 100 years ago. I guess I'm not a very optimistic person. —A.T.
Dear A.T.: Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and people all across our country will be honoring with gratitude the dedication and sacrifice of those who gave their lives defending this nation and its freedoms. The Bible tells us to "Give everyone what you owe him ... if honor, then honor" (Romans 13:7).
Did their efforts bring an end to all war? No, of course not — but where would we be if they had not been willing to fight those who sought to enslave us? War is a terrible tragedy, and we must do all we can to strive for peace in our world. But sometimes the only way to achieve peace is to fight those who would take it from us.
Will wars ever cease? No, not completely — not until Christ comes again to establish His rule of perfect peace and justice.