The Scripture tells us that our safety does not come from military power. The Old Testament is full of the prophets telling the people not to trust the weapons of war to protect them. There’s a clear message that hoping to find security through the military is a dangerous and false hope.
The Bible tells the people of faith that “our hope is in the name of our Lord, who made both heaven and earth.” It’s a message we desperately need to hear and to heed today.
We have the largest military budget the world has ever seen. No other country, no other 12 countries, spend as much on national defense as the United States. This is not just wrong. In a world where we have 20,000 of our human family dying daily from hunger and malnutrition, spending this amount on military defense is both abhorrent and morally repugnant.
We can end hunger in the next 15 years according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. But we will never do it wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on wasteful, unnecessary, and sinful military spending. It’s time to trust in the Lord.
After leaving my hotel room in Raleigh at 0430 Saturday, Allen Renquist and I finally arrived at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel here in the center of Kuala Lumpur only 31 and a half uneventful hours later. Needless to say, I am ready to stretch out and get some solid rest. And that will happen, but not before a nice hot shower.
I am thoroughly excited to be here. Tomorrow morning we start this year’s International Affiliate Summit, where we gather all the directors of our Stop Hunger Now international affiliates for 5 days of celebration, training, networking and fellowship. Even though I can only be here for the first 3 days of the event I know it is going to be a great experience reconnecting with all our affiliate leaders.
There will be folks from South Africa, Italy, India, Peru, the Philippines and of course, our Malaysia Stop Hunger Now office who is our host for this year’s summit. Stop Hunger Now has grown into a true international hunger relief organization, and that is part of what we will be celebrating over the next few days. We are helping lead a global movement that will eradicate hunger in our lifetime.
More to come, but now a shower and bed. Tomorrow is another day.