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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Concern over unpeaceful world increases

As I watch news reports from around the world, I'm very concerned about the lack of compassion and hate rhetoric surrounding events.


As a spiritual person and a believer in the teachings of Jesus Christ, I can't understand why Christians are backing Israel and spouting, "Death to the Palestinians... kill them all!"

I understand the Old Testament says that Jews should be protected, but "chosen people" rhetoric has been displaced by the belief that God is not a respecter of persons. Didn't Jesus teach that using the sword is not the way to end conflicts? Didn't he heal the soldier's ear which was cut off and tell his disciple's to refrain from fighting?

I don't understand why many Christians are espousing retaliation instead of reconciliation. Why are people who have killed a prisoner saying his two hour ordeal on the death gurney is what he deserved?

What message are we sending to our children?

I would like for the religious community to speak up and not remain silent during this time of chaos. We must ask ourselves, "What would Jesus do?"

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