[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_V6ulwA0KE&rel=1] Last night was a jolt into reality! Bonnie and I watched the film 'Lions for Lambs' which despite its American Imperialistic stance, gave into a stroke of genius with regards to the message it held. Simply stated, our future hope lies with good men who are willing to do something rather then nothing. The statement itself seems reminiscent of Winston Churchill's address with, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Nothing...nothing...NOTHING! Is a non-violent response considered an act of nothingness today? Can we as a people (spoken in a human context not "American") take action against the "forces of evil" without having to raise a gun and shot another living being? Blow them up? Stick a knife in them? It pains me to think of the violence we manifest into our beliefs about rights, freedoms, and the emancipation of human souls! It leaves me wondering, "Who and what is terrorism?"
Ephesians 6:12 says, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." War mongering rulership, authority, power, terrorism, evil, the "enemy"; I don't think was meant to be an element which is visible and categorized within a specific people, person, or place. It exists in and because of a broken humanity and can be found not only in those around us but in ourselves as well. Paul's battle ground was meant to be seen as internal and not external and it is there that we find our great tribulation. Macarius once said, "The heart itself is but a small vessel, yet dragons are there, and also lions. There are poisonous beasts and all the treasures of evil. But there too is God, the angels, the life and the Kingdom, the light and the apostles, the heavenly cities, and the treasures of grace - all things are there."
I gag to think if we give into the rationalization that Tom Cruise's character, the Senator gave as justifying a "War on Terrorism"; and very much a societal suicide and pathological mandate when he said, "No lasting government power has remained so with a non-violent political stance." (Paraphrased) I think... I believe... I have seen a Kingdom power greater then this in the acts of a simple carpenter named Jesus and his followers!
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."