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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The Security of Peace

I found this on the sojourners website.


[N]either the stockpiling of sophisticated armaments nor an extensoin of territory are an adequate guarantee or a viable substitute for peace. They are illusory. The best borders are peaceful borders, and the best security lies in a truly peaceful relationship between neighbors.

- Naim Ateek from "Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation"
What do you think we can do as American believers in the way of Jesus to foster a "peaceful relationship between neighbors"?
 
posted by Jemila Kwon at 5:49 PM ¤ Permalink ¤


2 Comments:


  • At 2/01/2007 08:16:00 PM, Blogger Linea

    The need for passports for Canadians now seems very protectionist.

    It seems as if Americans are always trying to protect their way of life from others and yet think everyone should want to be like them.

    Respect our differences. Those differences enrich our interactions and different does not necessarily mean "enemy".

    Don't expect the rest of the world to admire your political systems. What is good for you may not be the best for them.

    Go out of your way as individuals to travel in the rest of the world and to meet and welcome strangers that come to your country. Study their culture and see what good things they can bring to you from it.

     
  • At 2/02/2007 08:00:00 AM, Blogger lydia

    Go out of your way as individuals to travel in the rest of the world and to meet and welcome strangers that come to your country.

    Good stuff, Linea.

    To take a step further, I'd encourage everyone to live in another country if they're ever given the opportunity to do so.

    I've learned quite a bit about the way the U.S. is viewed from the "outside" from the roughly two years I've spent here in Canada thus far.

    I can only imagine how much more there is to be learned by living somewhere that is even more different from the States - a country where English isn't an official language, perhaps.

    I'd also encourage Americans to study the history, politics, and geography of other places. I used to think I was fairly well-educated..and I then I moved to another country. :)

     

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