Friday, September 6, 2013

7QT (Vol. 54): What You Can Do For Syria

The Syrian civil war is slowing seeping into the American conscious, if my Facebook news feed is any indication. If you've heard anything about it, you may feel powerless to effect any meaningful change. What can you do for a country thousands of miles away?

First, learn what is happening. Read this excellent primer, 9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask. It is well worth the five minutes it will take to read it.

It is just a primer, though. The situation is even stickier than it appears in that article. You may notice that Assad has allegedly used chemical weapons. It seems no one is positive which side actually used them, a piece of information that might be useful to know before firing missiles. Read more on that here.

There is another article here with an explanation of why one side is no better than the other in terms of brutality. Not a light read, as you may gather. If you don't want the details, just be assured that neither side has a moral high ground.

Why is important to know what is happening? We can PRAY. Armed with specific knowledge, we can pray for people, regions, and circumstances. Go beyond tacking "and world peace" onto your petitions and pray by name for cities, leaders, and military groups.

Pope Francis has asked the world to join him in a day of prayer and fasting for Syria on Saturday, September 7. "I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church... a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative."

Finally, spread the word. Tell people you know, post it on Facebook and Twitter. Mobilize spiritual warriors.

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