We pray, and we are also ready to fight. There are fewer and fewer pacifists even in the traditionally pacifist denominations. Many brothers, young and old, volunteer for the army and territorial defense and fight till the end. Not because they hate Russians but because there is no other way to protect what we hold dear—our country, our children, and our freedom, including the freedom to believe in and worship the one true God.
For every Christian, the following question is especially urgent now: How do we hate evil and also love our enemies who commit egregious crimes? And we are no longer conceptualizing this question theoretically. When hatred boils up in us, we understand that we will need to forgive and to love. And two truths are especially valuable for us now: God’s just retribution and the cross of our Lord. Our hearts are comforted in the truth of God’s retribution. He will repay His unrepentant enemies in a way that we could never have done ourselves. Our hearts are humble before the cross of Calvary—we, as well as our enemies, deserve the wrath of God, but God has reconciled us to Himself with the blood of His Son. We were under the power of the devil, just like everyone else, but God redeemed us with the blood of Christ.
We, as Christians, now vividly witness the bloody fruits of Putin’s war, and we’re shocked that many, though not all, Russians have followed him. We Christians are aware that the tendency to suppress the truth with untruth and to believe what we want to believe is a property of fallen human nature, and we are also not immune from this. Therefore, we pray for the repentance of our enemies, so that God will free them from the power of the devil’s deception.
We believe we’ll come out as victors. We know that evil is defeated by the cross and the resurrection of our Lord. We know that whatever our enemies do to us, we will be resurrected, because God has united us with Christ. Therefore, we celebrate the victory of our Lord. The main battle took place, and the main enemy was defeated by the cross.
Pray for us, my dear brothers and sisters. Pray for our people to withstand, to survive, and to forgive afterward. Our hope is only in the Lord. Isaiah once said that horses and chariots are flesh and not spirit (Isa. 31:3). And we haven’t forgotten that. Tanks and planes are just iron, but true victory comes from the Spirit of God. “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue” (Ps. 120:1–2).