Monday, 19 June 2017
We were watching The Hollow Crown - Shakespeare's historical plays - and one of my friends said, "Henry VI was a weak king - he wanted peace all the time and he was always in church praying. Of course this just caused more conflict and war."
This is a common attitude in today's world - we think a leader has to be strong, even violent, to keep the peace.
But this is Pax Romana - peace by force.
We think that the teachings of the Prince of Peace won't work.
But has anyone ever tried them?
To turn the other cheek and return good for evil.
To have compassion for your enemies.
To show mercy.
These are the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
If we cry out to God will He not rescue us?
By some miracle we are saved.
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