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Monday, September 10, 2007

Speaking Out for Peace

Thanks to Vernon Broyles for this article in the latest edition of Presbyterians Today. A More Excellent Way. Here is a snippet:

It has always been right there in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” We even quote these words of Jesus with some regularity.

So why are we bombing villages in Afghanistan to root out bands of terrorists? Why did we supply banned weapons and encourage the continuation of the Israeli destruction of Lebanon over the capture of a few soldiers? Why are we dealing with a growing Shiite/Sunni civil war in Iraq by giving more arms to Sunni insurgents to counter the stronger Shiite militias? Why have we thought that arming the Fatah wing against the Hamas wing and isolating the latter in the seething cauldron that is Gaza would enhance prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians?

The truth is that in the long arc of history, in this “Christian nation” of ours (Presbyterians included), we have paid far more homage to Biblical passages such as Romans 13:4: “If you do what is wrong, you should be afraid, for the authority does not bear the sword in vain! It is the servant of God to execute wrath on the wrongdoer.”

We have nurtured the doctrine of a “Just War” and clung to it as our rationale for engaging in all sorts of “righteous causes,” some of which have turned out to be disasters for us, for our putative adversaries and for those we set out to help. (Read More)

Other Peace News:

Aric Clark is doing a series on Christian pacifism.

End the War Rally in Johnson City, September 22nd...

Sandra at ConcernedTNcitizens is signed on to One Million Blogs for Peace. I signed on too and am waiting confirmation. So can you if you make this pledge:

"I believe in the immediate withdrawal of all foreign combat troops from the nation of Iraq. I believe in using my blog, in whole or in part, as a tool toward this end."