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Violence is a dead end

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

How does an Easter believing people live in a Good Friday world? For some hints we can look to the early Christian communities reported in the Book of Acts. Not one of them advocates appropriating arms or violent tactics.

These early followers of Jesus were a fearless people proclaiming his understanding of an unconditionally loving God. In modern-day parlance these early Christians may best be described as non-violent resisters. They spent their energies on building egalitarian communities where resources were shared according to need.

If we modern day followers of Jesus made it our life’s work to infuse our communities with love, instead of reinforcing systems of domination and exclusion, we would one day find ourselves in the promised land.

Continuing to believe in violence as a way to make us safe is a dead end. While violence may restore order, it has never brought peace. After 18 years in Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of deaths and trillions of our tax dollars spent, what have we gained?

If we had heeded the voices of those who opposed a military response to 9/11 and put our great nation’s diplomatic resources to work, think of all the money we could have invested in mental health services in our schools and other community building programs. A great nation would invest its God given gifts in building peace and insuring justice for all.

Ann Harrington

Greenville

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