By Duane K. Friesen, Gerald W. Schlabach
Many Mennonites are transparent approximately keeping off the violence of struggle and a few different types of police actions. much less transparent, notwithstanding, is the level to which Mennonites should still perform the coercive platforms wanted for secure, reliable and peaceable groups. This ebook presents theological mirrored image in this and different questions of Mennonite nonviolent ethics.
At Peace and Unafraid explores ideas and practices to steer Christians in dwelling out Jesus' manner of nonviolent love in societies that frequently don't percentage their convictions. Commissioned by way of Mennonite principal Committee, the authors ask what faithfulness to Christ potential within the context of:
violent clash in Colombia?
church congregations responding to sexual offenders?
the Palestinian/Israeli conflict?
the post-9/11 demanding situations to democracy within the usa and Canada?
The authors carry to those matters services from the disciplines of theology, ethics, the social sciences, legislations, social paintings, pastoral ministry, public place of work and different professions.
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Extra resources for At Peace And Unafraid: Public Order, Security, And the Wisdom of the Cross
Still, these concerns flow directly out of our calling as Mennonite Christians to be messengers of a gospel of peace as it intersects with the desperate needs of the world. Concern for people’s safety and security is an extension of the biblical mandate to be a people of shalom. Work by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on these issues continues an evolving tradition—a growing enlargement of how Mennonites understand God’s call to Christians to be a people of peace in a broken world. The MCC story, which began with relief aid and assistance for fellow Mennonites in Russia in the 1920s, has expanded to concerns for justice and peace building in over fifty countries of the world.
This we all know. Our challenge is to respond in ways that do not simply continue cycles of injustice and violence. As we address that challenge we must humbly acknowledge our uncertainty. We are indeed in search of security. Given human sin and imperfection, how can we live humanely in the face of our vulnerability? Our task is to identify theological foundations for an authentic and enduring security. This essay will lay out a Christian theological and ethical framework for thinking about questions of security and public order.
8 We cannot sustain the levels and types of consumption that have characterized industrialized nations and at the same time protect the natural environment. One of the greatest long-term security issues is the ticking time-bomb of global warming. ”9 While the rich as well as many in the middle class enjoy the benefits of free trade and the increased variety and availability of consumer goods in a competitive global market, the numbers of poor and hungry in the world are increasing. Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, has stated the issue dramatically: CHAPTER TWO • 45 Throughout much of the developing world, globalization is seen, not as a term describing objective reality, but as an ideology of predatory capitalism.
At Peace And Unafraid: Public Order, Security, And the Wisdom of the Cross by Duane K. Friesen, Gerald W. Schlabach