A Time for Peace

Feb. 26, 2014
Valery Stepanovich  Antonyuk

The Bible says that there is, “a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace” (Ecclesiastes 3:7-8).  In accordance with these wise words, we declare today to be a time to mend, and not a time to tear the nation apart; a time to seek peace, and not a time to fan the flames of war; a time to learn to love yesterday’s enemies, and not a time to continue to hate rivals and those who have hurt us. 

We call on the Evangelical churches of Ukraine to serve to bring peace between people and healing to the wounds of war.  We do not call black white and do not justify crimes or even mistakes.  But we, as Christians, forgive, because we have been forgiven by God.  He reconciled us to Himself, and gave us a message of reconciliation.  This grace-giving Word to our whole nation should be heard from Lvov to Donetsk, from Kiev to Simferopol. 

We also call upon the international Christian community asking for prayer and intercession for the Ukrainian nation and for help with peacemaking.  We mourn for the victims, and thank God for His grace toward Ukraine, and pray for peace and spiritual revival in our nation.

 Valery Stepanovich Antonyuk, Vice-President                                                                                          All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christians-Baptist