Nonviolence is Much More Effective than Violence

Hmm. Maybe Jesus was right after all!

PCPJ

We live in a violent world. The war in Ukraine is killing thousands and causes huge waves of refugees, economic instability and food shortages. The war in Syria is still going on, and the conflicts in Yemen, Afghanistan and South Sudan no longer even make headlines. During most of the last decade, the world has become less peaceful.

In response to such violence, many people think that the solution is more violence. Conventional wisdom tells us that we need to arm ourselves so we become stronger and deadlier than the “bad guys”.

Christian pacifists, who just like most Christians for the first 300 years believe that Jesus’ words about loving our enemies and turning the other cheek mean that we should not use violence, are often accused of being naive. Some have even claimed that Christian pacifism is evil! While abstaining from violence sounds loving in theory, many argue…

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It Takes Courage

Joseph of Arimethea was a wealthy and respected member of the Jewish council, the same group that sent Jesus to his death. He and his colleagues had what we might call power and privilege. So, why didn’t he speak up with at least a mild objection at that time? Mark says he “was himself also …

How To Keep Hope Alive

I confess to an off and on mood of hopelessness lately. If it’s not Covid, it’s the ridiculous misinformation about it and the needless, senseless deaths that result. If not an evil Russian autocrat, the murder of innocent women and children in hospitals, churches, and apartment buildings in Ukraine. If not… Well, I could go …

How To Pray About A Demon-Driven Dictator (Part 1 of 2)

In the way I’ve always prayed for demon-driven dictators and all manner of other dangerous people, I’ve been praying about Vladimir Putin. It usually goes something like this: Lord, SAVE him. If he won’t be saved, STOP him. And if he won’t be stopped, SEND him away! Obviously, our first priority is that Putin would …

Learning the Language

“Go and make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Think of disciple making in terms of learning a language. As brilliant as they both are, my two four-year-old granddaughters don’t need English grammar lessons quite yet. The definitions and proper use of indirect …

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