The first great war was supposed to end all wars, yet two decades later the world plummeted into war once again. Now, as time distances us from those wars, it is worrisome when world leaders talk about wiping out nations using the most powerful weapon man has ever created: nuclear weapons.
Remembrance Day services in Springhill married the concerns of today with the deeds and actions of good versus evil men of the past, giving pause to reflect on whether the world might be headed towards uncertain times once again.
Addressing the congregation inside the All Saints Anglican Church during the Nov. 11h memorial service, Rev. Dr. Brian Spence reflected on Canada’s military service, and concerns when it is called into action both now and in the future. Those who remember the days of World War II in Europe have become fewer each year, but examples of war continue to this day.
“Look at what was has done to Syria in our time,” Rev. Dr. Spence said. “After the first world war a generation of young men was practically wiped out in Europe. We need people who seek peace and work for peace. We need world leaders who seek peace and work for peace.”
The costs of war, Rev. Dr. Spence said, are far greater than any once country can afford.
“War is too expensive in terms of environment, animals, real estate, capital and, of course, human lives. The modern weapons of war are so destructive.”
Without specifics, Rev. Dr. Spence rose the issue of growing talks to use nuclear weapons.
There is an ongoing dispute between North Korea as it develops its nuclear armament, and rhetoric from the highest office n United States to use force should diplomacy fail.
“There are no winners in a radioactively poisoned world and a nuclear winter. I say that because we hear people talk about nuclear war as though it exists,” Rev. Dr. Spence said.
The cost of past wars, Dr. Rev. Spence, have been paid with the ultimate sacrifice. Now it is incumbent to uphold peace amongst nations, here in Canada, in our homes and communities and, he says, our hearts.