Friday, July 21, 2006

Bonhoeffer on peace

In No Rusty Swords, Bonhoeffer says:
There is no way to peace along the way of safety. For peace must be dared. It is the great vulture. It can never be safe.
Charles Ringma comments:
To work for peace in our world frequently means adopting strategies that are daring and dangerous, for peace must be won in the face of those who penetrate war and aggression. Peace does not come from those who long for peace at any price. It comes from those who dare to risk everything in order that a more peaceful anf just world may begin to emerge. In an unjust world, peace seldom suddenly appears. It is usually the fruit of those who work for justice.
So what does this mean in our world
  • what does it mean for those living in Lebanon, who are being bombed by Israel, because 2 of their soldiers were kidnapped, & now over 300 have been killed;
  • what does it mean in Iran where 1000's have been killed;
  • or in Afganistan where battles continue;
  • or in country after country in Africa where life is being destroyed by AIDS, and most in the west seem not to care;
  • or Cuba which the Americans have blockaded, since the 1960's but are now considering changing theirs laws because oil has been discovered;
  • or here in Canada where we consistantly ignore first nations peoples.
As usual, I have more questions than answers.

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