DESIGNED TO BE PEACEMAKERS

WHETHER IT'S IN AFGHANISTAN, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Somalia, or some other part of the world, war needs to be seen as no longer a solution among nations and peoples. To quote Mahatma Gandhi, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." While violence cannot be ignored, it's important to seek ways to engage in conflict resolution other than resorting to the battlefield.

Peace is increasingly possible if we are willing to do the hard work of changing thought—starting with ourselves—from one of resignation to conflict, to achieving peace among nations and peoples. Jesus' teachings offer much guidance. In his Sermon on the Mount, he said, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God" (Matt. 5:9). That statement deserves to be considered deeply and carefully. What does it mean to be a peacemaker?

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