The United States and its NATO allies are “as strong and united” as ever in standing against Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, President Biden said Thursday following meetings in Belgium and Poland with leaders of NATO, the G7 and the European Union.
For Christians, the context for the existence of evil is not just the good creation that precedes it. It is the redemption that will overcome evil. Anchored in His victory over death, Jesus offers abundant, overflowing life, not just in the distant future, but now. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,” Jesus announced: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This is no prosperity gospel. Nor is it some detached, pietistic hope of heaven. In Christ, there is life that both secures our eternal destiny and endows our earthly existence with meaning, love, and identity.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed a joint session of the US House and Senate yesterday. Among his statements were these very perceptive observations: “Russia has attacked not just us, not just our land, not just our cities. It went on a brutal offensive against our values, basic human values. It threw tanks and planes against our freedom, against our right to live freely in our own country, choosing our own future, against our desire for happiness, against our national dreams, just like the same dreams you have, you Americans.”