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Did you know that approximately half of those who die in war are civilians. Completely innocent men, women and children. It is estimated, for example, that up to 70 million people died during world war 2, and that approximately 35 million of those were civilians.

When I was young in the church I heard of wars within the church. Civil wars that were anything but civil. I heard about church splits. I swore I would never be a part of anything like that. But then it happened to me. I had to guide a church through a church split. It was the worse thing to ever happen in my life.

But what saddens me when I think back on those days are all the innocent people who fell victim to that atrocity. Some went and started a new church. Some found other churches. But many simply left the church altogether and forever.

They are, in my opinion, the needless casualties of war. I remember them.

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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • http://www.on-the-other-hand.com Lydia

    I had no idea. We really need an official day to remember them, too.

  • http://dmergent.org/2011/10/14/reclaiming-family/ Doug Sloan

    We need to live in such a way that there are no more veterans, victims or wars. God wants us to live in peace.

  • http://evangelisticdiscipling.info Dr. Robert D. Mansfield

    David- VERY good thought

    Doug- We won’t get that this side of Heaven, but doesn’t mean we can’t strive for it.

    PS- Just think about how much war and killing today could have been averted if Abraham had just listened to God, and not tried to take things into his own hands. If we would only listen….

  • http://theprivilegedcontrarian.wordpress.com Tana

    I’m unwilling to wait to experience Heaven post-death. We absolutely could get a world free of wars, veterans and victims this side of Heaven if we truly believed Jesus when he said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” and, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” (John 14)

    David, appreciate this post very much.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    thanks Tana. very much :)

  • LouiseM

    The colors surprise and overwhelm, as does the number of blooms and the thought. It is good to remember and be remembered.

    Thank you for creating a place and means for those living in dismemberment and death to enter into re-membering.

    “One–if not the–primal sinful “desire” is the urge for instant reduction of distressing emotions. We tend to run away from unpleasant emotional states toward inner and outer mental or behavioral means that will disconnect us from or eliminate those very states…Death is that state of dis-integration, disconnection, and isolation that leads to everything that is wrong in the universe. And according to Paul, you don’t have to be without a pulse to be dead.” Anatomy of the Soul/C.Thompson

  • Sarah

    Tana- yes, we could.

  • Sarah

    Lovely colours in the drawing.

  • http://www.thejesussociety.com Bill Scarrott

    I remember. Thank you, David.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    thanks sarah

  • Chrysty

    I experienced a church war this way. I called it collateral damage. The bomb struck where it was aimed but when it exploded the shrapnel wounded so many more than anyone imagined it would or could. It was years before I could be in church at all again. It remains a struggle deep in my soul every time I muster the courage to go.

    This image made me feel acknowledged. Thank you.


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