The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Impossible possibility

Like Jesus, we can't be passive in the face of evil

When President Bush declared war on terrorism on Sept. 11, both he and other national leaders emphasized that military action would be only one means of fighting this war — and not the most important one. Yet, reliance on military action and the threat of it have dwarfed all other dimensions of the war. The strategists seem, in the long run, to subscribe to Communist leader Mao Tse-Tung's dictum that all power proceeds from the barrel of a gun.

Christians know this is not so. When Jesus, naked and dying on the cross, prayed for his executioners, "Father, forgive them. They don't know what they're doing," he showed that love is stronger than hate, stronger than death and, in the long run, the only thing strong enough to conquer evil. In that final act of forgiveness and love, Jesus initiated a revolution to change the world — a revolution fueled by the energy of love.

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