Friday, 25 April 2014

War?

"Imitate me as I imitate Christ." 1 Corinthians 11:1
Christ made friends out of enemies. He didn't raise an army to accomplish his goals. 

"Blessed are the peacemakers." Matthew 5:9
Not the politicians who send their youth to war for petty disputes and nationalistic fervour.

"They shall learn war no more." Isaiah 2:4
Our commitment to a divine future begins now. Spend time learning about your neighbour and less time learning how to kill them.

"Love your neighbour as yourself." Matthew 22:39
And who is my neighbour? Can the Samaritan say that the Jew is not his neighbour? Can the free man say that the slave is not his neighbour?

This Anzac Day we need to use the occasion to rethink how we treat our enemies, how quick we are to pull the trigger, how keen we are to let loose the dogs of war. We need to rethink the governments that we put into power and give authority over declarations of war. 

I dream of a future with no war and I choose to be part of making that future part of the present. No war. Never again. Lest we forget the waste of life that is war. 
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