On the Farm

After much torrential rain, we are now in a drought.  What survived the deluge is now wilting under constant heat of clear dry days.

 

However we are trying to take advantage of these weeks of dry weather.  We have cleared the “Peace Trail”, repaired the road by pouring concrete and laying down fresh gravel,  installed a new solar panel on the main house (effectively doubling our photovoltaic wattage), replaced and shifted batteries around the farm (heavy!), assembled a new “carport”, undertook some spring cleaning (We found the breakfast table and a whole new room – really.),  painted new peace placards (of course!), and continued our many peace activities (vigil-ing, protesting, community organizing, networking, letter writing, and keeping the heat on our various elected officials).

 

March 19th will mark the 5th year of the war in Iraq.  Interestingly this “anniversary” falls in the middle of the Christian holy week.  It is the week that Jesus marches into Jerusalem to face the worldly powers of his world – Rome and the Temple.   As a result of this confrontation, sedition in the eyes of Rome, Jesus was tortured and executed.

 

The question that should be before all Christians this week is:  What meaning does Jesus’ life and death have for a country that is at war?  Is the killing of 100s of thousands of Iraqis – men, women, and children – really the “fruit” of the Christian tree?

 

Many would argue that Christianity has nothing to do with this war.  Perhaps they would be right in arguing that proper belief is all that is required of Christians.  The life and death of Jesus has meaning only for those concerned about the afterlife and the state of their “souls”, and not for our lives lived in society.

 

If this is indeed the case, and there is much evidence to suggest that it is, what need do we have for churches at all?

 

Peace, Paul

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One Response to “On the Farm”

  1. meghan rose Says:

    I think a lot of it has to do with the idea that Christianity = the West, and everything else (specifically Islam in this case) = not the West. I used to try and be more charitable, before I became a Muslim; then I really became sensitive to the fact that many Christians and even non-Christians who have this very secularized Christian background have this very us-and-them characterization – that ignores that Islam is part of both America and Europe’s religious and cultural fabric, not JUST something that “those immigrants” are imposing on “us.” Arabs make up about 18% of Muslims, and yet “those Arabs” trying to impose “their way of life” is what is characterized as the problem. A lot of it is about xenophobia, and unfortunately I think many people just ignore whether it is, in a Christian sense, a just war, because those irrational fears take the forefront, even though there are religious undertones.

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