Biblical prophets looked ahead to a day of peace and justice, prophesying a day when nations will abolish war. The prophets also exhorted the people to “seek justice [and] rescue the oppressed…” (Isaiah 1:17). The Psalmist and the Apostle Peter called on God’s people to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14, 1 Peter 3:11). Jesus, when tempted, rejected military glory and chose the way of peace as the way to build God’s kingdom (Luke 4:6-8, Matt. 26:51-56).
Colombia has been caught in the midst of an internal armed conflict that has lasted for almost five decades. Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives, countless others have been disappeared, and more than 5 million have been forcibly displaced from their homes.
Colombian Anabaptist churches, faith leaders, peacebuilders, human rights defenders, and others have been working diligently for many years to bring the biblical vision of peace and justice to fruition in their country. They have called on churches in the United States to support them in this process by advocating to our government to change its policies of militarism towards Colombia.
The good news is that people in the United States can support peace, justice, and human rights in concrete ways. We can stand with our sisters and brothers in Colombia, seeking God’s will for peace in Colombia.