Months ago, when organizers of the National Religious Broadcasters’ (NRB) forty-eighth annual convention chose the theme “Declaring His Glory to All Nations,” they had no idea how apt an international focus would be. Meeting in Washington, D.C., January 25–29, against the backdrop of the Persian Gulf War, NRB members spent most of their time discussing the world situation.
President Bush, in his fifth appearance at an NRB convention, used the occasion to contend that the U.S.-led action against Iraq was a “just war” and a “moral” cause. “Saddam [Hussein] tried to cast this conflict as a religious war, but it has nothing to do with religion per se,” Bush said. “It has, on the other hand, everything to do with what religion embodies: good versus evil, right versus wrong, human dignity and freedom versus tyranny and oppression.”
The NRB board of directors unanimously passed two resolutions on the war. The first expressed support of Bush’s actions: “We, who nationally and internationally herald the name of the Prince of Peace … have resolved … to wholeheartedly stand in prayer and in support of our President and the Government of the United States of America as they do all that is necessary, though costly, to bring genuine peace in the Middle East,” the resolution said.
The second pledged prayers for a “speedy end” to the conflict and protection for “those nations which are being attacked.” “We are not advocating war, but … we believe there are times when unfortunately and tragically because of circumstances, we have to be involved in war,” said outgoing NRB president Jerry Rose. Executive ...1
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