Prayer for War and Peace

Thanks to an anonymous source, I was led to this great video taking place in 1900.  It’s a short film of Mark Twain’s short story, “The War Prayer.” 

The text of the story may be read here.  It’s gist is that as soldiers prepare to go to war they attend a church service in which the minister prays a blessing over them, asking God for their victory, safety, and glory.  A stranger appears in the church, claiming to be a messenger of God who is here to pray the other, unspoken half of the prayer:  for the death, pain, and destruction of the lives and livelihoods of the soldiers’ enemies — a request, of course, sent to a God of love.

This could be a great activism tool for anyone wishing to reach a Christian audience with the antiwar message of liberty. 

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