Sweden and Finland Pick a Side
Posted: July 1, 2022
When there’s a big bully on the playground, it’s good to have strong friends.
But what if the bully is an entire country?
What if the playground is the whole world?
This February, Russia invaded its neighbor nation of Ukraine. All the world’s nations watched. Each had to decide, Whose side are you on?
Of course, it’s also possible to decide not to decide. Take Finland and Sweden, for example. These two nations are famous for being neutral.
They’re changing their tune. Finnish and Swedish leaders have asked to join NATO.
NATO stands for “North Atlantic Treaty Organization.” It’s an alliance—a group of countries that stick together. If a little nation in NATO gets picked on, the other nations will come to help it. NATO formed after World War II. Twelve nations saw the damage caused by Nazi Germany. By joining forces, they hoped to stop such a thing ever from happening again.
But Sweden and Finland? Those nations liked to mind their own affairs . . . until Russia invaded Ukraine. Finland and Sweden’s corner of Europe doesn’t look as safe as it once did. They need some big friends on the international playground.
Today, NATO boasts 30 members. Is it time to add two more?
One NATO member, Turkey, says no.
Turkey claims Finland and Sweden protect terrorists. Sweden offered to send diplomats to Turkey to talk things over. Turkey refused—at least at first.
That was bad news for Finland and Sweden. For them to join NATO, all 30 NATO members must agree. Other nations said they would try to help change Turkey’s mind.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. — Proverbs 14:34
What’s next for NATO? Check kids.wng.org for updates.
Why? Scripture says that nations rise and fall. So do alliances. But no matter how the world’s national arrangement changes, God is still the one King over all.
Geography time! Ukraine isn’t Russia’s only neighbor. Finland sits right along Russia’s northwest border. West of Finland, you’ll find Sweden—not quite a next-door neighbor, but just one country away.