The guns must be silent. North Africa and Middle East countries are experiencing continued military attacks. This has to stop. Gun violence continues to plague the United States of America. The possibility of a war brewing between South Korea and North Korea insights us to call for the sounds of guns in our nations to cease. When a gun shot is heard, lives are at risk. The World Methodist Council Social and International Affairs committee ask for continued prayers for these affected nations and others dealing with gun violence. We call all Christians to pray and advocate for peaceful talks on sustainable peace and stability in these affected regions. We call to all Methodists, Wesleyans, Nazarenes, Uniting and United Churches, and the entire Christian faith to support programs and initiatives that aim at restoring the dignity for all people. On the ongoing talks within the two nations (South Korea and North Korea), we do ask for the council members to be in constant consultation with the Methodist, Wesleyan, Nazarene, and related Churches in South Korea for timely support and prayers where need be. We further commit as the Social and International Affairs committee to continue praying for the two nations towards sustainable peace for all. We ask the Church to stand firm in their faith, praying for peace in their land, and further engaging nationals on the need to stay in a peaceful and just environment.
The World Methodist Council Social and International Affairs further condemns the continued attacks on human life. Terrorism from and by any party is a violation of human rights. We call on governments throughout the world to continue to protect their citizens, thus ensuring safety for all. We call in particular to Methodist and Wesleyans who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to ensure that they always respect and protect the rights of individuals especially the vulnerable. The World Methodist Council believes in the protection and respect of human rights for all regardless of colour, race, age, sex, background, social status, and religious background. Human rights violations must stop. The church will continue to uphold the rights and dignity of all.
Chairperson of the Social and International Affairs Committee