Peace, Prayer & Politics
I have mixed feelings about War & Peace. Not the book – I don’t know if I would ever be able to devote that much time to a single story.
I read somewhere the other day that Canon Andrew White, also known as “The Vicar of Baghdad”, commented that if things in the Middle East continue to escalate at the rate they are, we could be looking at a Third World War.
Now there’s a scary thought…
But then if you think about…really think about it…hasn’t the world been at war almost permanently? I mean, just off the top of my head, conflict appears to be the norm in places like the former Russian republics such as Ukraine, Georgia; all over Africa, the Middle East, as we know only too well; and a whole host of other not so well known places. That was off the top of my head but then I thought to myself, ‘How many other places are there that have ongoing conflicts?’ The first link I went to was this on Wikipedia, so you can check it out for yourself…
And that’s without even going into any detail about the unspeakably evil practise of kidnapping and forcing young children to fight in many of these senseless wars.
I don’t want to focus solely on the wars and rumours of war but rather on our response to these seemingly ubiquitous and perpetual events. And I don’t necessarily mean whether or not you choose to come out and protest on the streets about your government’s attitude and action or lack of action towards certain conflicts.
That is Politics and I wouldn’t want this space to become one that is populated by a polarising perspective on War and Peace.
What I am interested in however, is this…
How can you as an individual bring Peace to your world? That’s right, your world. The world you know and hopefully love. The people you know and the strangers you may meet today. The ones you would gladly lay your life down for and those whom you know would do the same for you.
Prayer is one thing you can do – however you choose to interpret that and whatever you prefer to do in order to create some inner as well as perhaps some outer Peace. But even more than that, I think we are living in times when the only thing to be done is simply try to be a Peacemaker.
So instead of raising your voice above the cacophony of chaos that sometimes looks like it has free reign everywhere you go, how about raising the bar of kindness? Or gentleness? Or self control? All these actions will bring Peace and this will make the world a safer and better place.
Piece by tiny piece.
This whole thought was triggered by a lovely article I read earlier about U2 and how they have always tried to stand up for Peace and harmony, however fractured the community may look to the eye of the pessimist. You can check it out here.