Here’s my question for American Christians, Advocates of Peace and anyone who proclaims to have associations with a Moral Majority whether it be spiritual or secular in regards to the reports of violence between Israel and Gaza…
Where’s your outrage?
If we are to be people of faith regardless of belief system whether Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Agnostic, Atheist, Jewish, Catholic or Buddhist you all hold a level of morality. I cannot speak for any other faith or belief system other than Christianity, but I can assume that none would condone murder or violence against one another.
So how can we just stand on the sidelines of democracy and humanity as we watch these activities continue without speaking up. Regardless if it is our friends committing, participating or the victim of an act of violence how can we not say anything.
I’m not speaking as citizen of a nation who’s apart of an unjust war with Iraq, because I have issues with that too, but I’m speaking as a citizen of the world and as a Christian. I’m speaking as a Christian who can appreciate others who does not believe as I believe. We all have value.
If the church is considered to be the moral majority, a benchmark or a standard bearer for the world why is it so difficult to find many people of faith stand up to oppressive behavior.
Thomas Jefferson once said to “question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.”
It appears that many people in and out of the church have subscribed to blind-folded fear when it comes to this conflict between Israel and Gaza.
I am not suggesting that one side is wrong and the other is right. I’m suggesting what David Borenstein once said; “one can not subdue a man by holding back his hands. Lasting peace comes not from force” but love.
Will those who proclaim to be apart of The Church help raise attention for a peaceful revolution or contribute in the inevitability of the violent revolution we are seeing today?
I can easily admit that I do not understand the depths of the heart of the persistent conflicts in the world including the one between Israel and Gaza, but I do understand as Ralph Waldo Emerson do, “Peace can not be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”
Moral people cannot continue to present themselves soft on selective issues for the sake of social views, popularity, and political or moral expediency. Regardless if the issue includes your ally (i.e. Israel & Gaza) you must rise above the narrow confines of your own concerns to the broader concerns of humanity.
I rather be apart of a boisterous moral minority than a silent moral majority.References & Inspiration Yahoo! News/AP – 01/02/09 “Israel Keeps Ban on Foreign Journalists in Gaza” Yahoo! News/AP – 01/03/09 “Israel Bombs Gaza Mosque, Kills 10” BBC News – 12/30/08 “Israel Vows Lasting Gaza Campaign”