From Biblical times to the present day, history is replete with examples that peace-making is hard work – not for the passive or fearful. Despite songs and art work, Jesus was not passive. He was bold and outspoken, even angry for justice in the tradition of the Hebrew prophets who preceded him. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor, theologian and staunch opponent of the Nazi regime wrote, “There is no way to peace along the way of safety. For peace must be dared. It is itself the great venture and can never be safe. Peace is the opposite of security. To demand guarantees is to want to protect oneself.” We must keep speaking out and daring for peace. No voice is insignificant. Peace is much more than the mere absence of violence – though we are called to work against the pervasive violence and available weaponry that deal death in our culture. Peace is found in deep wholeness and trust – trust in God and in one’s brothers and sisters. Even when some might not seem trustworthy, we are called to the persistent work of creating a better world for all.
Dare for peace in our country and our world,