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Iraq War (80038-C1-R9999)

Iraq War Petition to General Conference

Whereas, The United Methodist Church deplores war and urges the peaceful settlement of all disputes among nations, as stated in ¶ 164I of the 2004 Book of Discipline; and
Whereas, The United Methodist Church believes war is incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ, as stated in ¶ 165C of the 2004 Book of Discipline; and
Whereas, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God” (Mathew 5:9); and  
Whereas, Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer.  But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also” (Matthew 5:38-39); and
Whereas, all life is sacred and worthy of Christ’s redemption; and
Whereas, the continuing loss of Iraqi civilian lives, especially children, and the increasing death toll among United States and coalition military grieves the heart of God; and,  
Whereas, the United Methodist Church honors the community-based work of United States and coalition troops, and supports them through prayer and caring relationships; and
Whereas, the increasing death toll among United States and coalition military personnel, and the continuing loss of Iraqi civilian lives, especially children, grieves the heart of God;  
Whereas, The United Methodist Church states in ¶ 164B of the 2004 Book of Discipline that the church should continually exert a strong ethical influence upon the state, supporting policies and programs deemed to be just and opposing policies and programs that are unjust,
Therefore, be it resolved, that The United Methodist Church;
  Urges members of congress, as well as the President of the United States, to come up with a plan to responsibly end military action in Iraq;
Calls for the rebuilding of Iraq, and other nations in the Middle East, through a community-based, though multinational, development plan;
Calls United Methodists throughout the world to pray for peace and to stand up and speak out for public policies that promote peace, justice, and reconciliation among all nations.
      Please note that portions of this resolution were taken from the October 2, 2005, “Resolution on the War in Iraq,” put forth by The United Methodist Council of Bishops.