WCRC Member Churches called to prayer for Syria

September 5, 2013


The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) General secretary, Setri Nyomi, calls all member churches to prayer for the devastating situation in Syria.

The WCRC includes the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The full text of the WCRC General Secretary’s call, dated Sept. 4:

We have been painfully following events in Syria for more than two years now. More than a hundred thousand people have lost their lives. Communities and properties have been destroyed. To add to this miserable litany, reports of the deadly chemical weapons attacks on Aug. 21 in which the victims included children are simply sickening. The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) deplores any form of violence and especially the violence of these attacks and do not condone them in any way.

The WCRC is aware of the current moves towards military response to these attacks and calls for restraint. However heinous the chemical attacks are, military response is not the answer. Every effort needs to be made to increase opportunities for bringing all factions to dialogue and seek diplomatic solutions. Military response can only serve to increase the suffering of the peoples of Syria who have already suffered so much.

We call on our member churches to spend this coming week-end (Sept. 7- 8) in prayer for the peoples of Syria. We also pray for world leaders that they may use their power to work tirelessly to find life-giving solutions that will end the crisis.

  1. This statement articulates well the condition of Syria and moral challenge before all humanity and persons of faith. To not take miliatry action, to punish ASSAD for his sickening crime agains all humanity would be in our reformed tratition in my view a sin of omission. I pray that with God's Speed, that the US President Obama will act to punish ASSAD and so deter future use of Chemical Agents agains anyone let alone children.

    by James Turturro

    September 8, 2013

  2. The WCRC statement presents the proper balance with regard to the use of Chemical Agents upon children on August 21st. Certainly all persons of faith and all humanity ought be sick about it. The reality is they are not. The reality is that the best peace making team from the UN and the US have been unable to make the peace we all pray for. The result was the criminal act by a monsterous government. As minister of the Gospel in the Reformed tradtion I must say that we can not be romantic, utopian, idealistic about the situation of the condition of humanity in Syria. In my conscience I believe that US Secretary of State, US President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner have the certain and clear moral clarity on this issue: On behalf of what good, right and true in our Reformed Tradition a restrained, limited military strike must be taken to punish the offender and deter future offenders from committine this kind of crime against humanity. I remind my brothers and sisters that there are no absolutes that we can turn to here, there is no one without hypocracy (sin) but this is no reason to support doing nothing, we must do something to address the sickening action of Assad in Syria. The we must move forward with our call to a peaceful outcome to the Civil War in Syria. I believe my view is in continuity with Jesus, who said what parent would give their child a stone when the child asked for bread. The children of Syria have asked the US for help and in particular UTUBE reports they have asked Obama for help. I pray with God's Speed that help comes with or without the support of the US congress.

    by James Turturro

    September 8, 2013

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