Remembrance Day, 2012

November 11, 2012, was “Remembrance Day” here in Canada. What are we “remembering”?

During our worship service on Sunday we were reminded, “If war is the answer, we’re asking the wrong question.” How true. What do we “remember” without glorifying violence?

At the funeral for a veteran of the “First World War”, I read the following words on his medal: “The Great War for civilization 1914 – 1919

That war was followed by “World War II”, the “Korean War”, the “Cold War”, and war upon war upon war. Is this “civilization?”

When Christians attempt to follow the way of Jesus, we are confronted with a very high standard for dispute resolution. According to Matthew’s gospel Jesus said; “I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.”  (Matthew 5: 44,45, The Message)

 If war is the answer, we’re asking the wrong question.

What our Canadian government needs, I think, is a Department of Peace.

Do we dare remember that dream of a better world for everyone?

Posted November 12, 2012 by allanbaker in Christian Faith

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