"The Christian must discover in contemplation, and in the giving of his life, those symbolic actions which will ignite the people's faith to resist injustice with their whole lives, lives coming together as a united force of truth and thus releasing the liberating power of the God within them." - James Douglass, Contemplation and Resistance.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Nonviolent Trinity

Some see the carnage in London and feel justified in their embrace of violence. Others see it and probe their hearts until the teeth begin to poke through. Understanding the violence that lives in them, they commit themselves to disarming their own hearts, ceasing to believe in a God that justifies murder. Many different reactions can be made to violence, but the incessant heat of propaganda insists that only one mode of reaction is acceptable. A single person needs deep wells of prayer-strength to resist the call to revenge, but if he or she can step out of the media-constructed self for a moment, the still, small voice may penetrate. The enemy is not those monsters out there, but the ones that live in our own hearts and heads, that strident commitment to kill for the great cause. As long as that one lives, we can incarcerate, strafe, humiliate, and shatter until the sun is a cold rock, and the monster will keep on laughing.

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