Posts Tagged ‘war’

Good News According To Mother’s Day

April 1, 2010

Mother’s Day was originally created to be a day of peace in the name of our children.

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, original advocate for “Mother’s Day” and writer of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” nursed and tended the wounded during the civil war. The devastation she witnessed called her to push to make a Mother’s Day for peace.

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Good News According To Judas Iscariot

February 24, 2010

Betrayed by a kiss. Judas, was a patriot for his people, he believed they needed a military victory. Perhaps he tried to get Jesus to fight. The Roman military executed Jesus. Betrayed by a kiss.

Good News According To Your Enemy

February 22, 2010

adopt a terrorist, brilliant

http://www.atfp.org/

Also, Pastor Rankin Wilbourne has an excellent sermon on the truest love and on enemies.

Click here to listen – Rankin Wilbourne on Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9 Great love and Enemies Sermon05.16.10

Good News According To Mark Twain

February 22, 2010

Buckminster Fuller said that either war is obsolete or men are.

Mark Twain had a very interesting poem about this, check out the War Prayer.

The War Prayer
by Mark Twain

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener. It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety’s sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way.

Sunday morning came — next day the battalions would leave for the front; the church was filled; the volunteers were there, their young faces alight with martial dreams — visions of the stern advance, the gathering momentum, the rushing charge, the flashing sabers, the flight of the foe, the tumult, the enveloping smoke, the fierce pursuit, the surrender! Then home from the war, bronzed heroes, welcomed, adored, submerged in golden seas of glory! With the volunteers sat their dear ones, proud, happy, and envied by the neighbors and friends who had no sons and brothers to send forth to the field of honor, there to win for the flag, or, failing, die the noblest of noble deaths. The service proceeded; a war chapter from the Old Testament was read; the first prayer was said; it was followed by an organ burst that shook the building, and with one impulse the house rose, with glowing eyes and beating hearts, and poured out that tremendous invocation

*God the all-terrible! Thou who ordainest! Thunder thy clarion and lightning thy sword!*

Then came the “long” prayer. None could remember the like of it for passionate pleading and moving and beautiful language. The burden of its supplication was, that an ever-merciful and benignant Father of us all would watch over our noble young soldiers, and aid, comfort, and encourage them in their patriotic work; bless them, shield them in the day of battle and the hour of peril, bear them in His mighty hand, make them strong and confident, invincible in the bloody onset; help them to crush the foe, grant to them and to their flag and country imperishable honor and glory —

An aged stranger entered and moved with slow and noiseless step up the main aisle, his eyes fixed upon the minister, his long body clothed in a robe that reached to his feet, his head bare, his white hair descending in a frothy cataract to his shoulders, his seamy face unnaturally pale, pale even to ghastliness. With all eyes following him and wondering, he made his silent way; without pausing, he ascended to the preacher’s side and stood there waiting. With shut lids the preacher, unconscious of his presence, continued with his moving prayer, and at last finished it with the words, uttered in fervent appeal, “Bless our arms, grant us the victory, O Lord our God, Father and Protector of our land and flag!”

The stranger touched his arm, motioned him to step aside — which the startled minister did — and took his place. During some moments he surveyed the spellbound audience with solemn eyes, in which burned an uncanny light; then in a deep voice he said:

“I come from the Throne — bearing a message from Almighty God!” The words smote the house with a shock; if the stranger perceived it he gave no attention. “He has heard the prayer of His servant your shepherd, and will grant it if such shall be your desire after I, His messenger, shall have explained to you its import — that is to say, its full import. For it is like unto many of the prayers of men, in that it asks for more than he who utters it is aware of — except he pause and think.

“God’s servant and yours has prayed his prayer. Has he paused and taken thought? Is it one prayer? No, it is two — one uttered, the other not. Both have reached the ear of Him Who heareth all supplications, the spoken and the unspoken. Ponder this — keep it in mind. If you would beseech a blessing upon yourself, beware! lest without intent you invoke a curse upon a neighbor at the same time. If you pray for the blessing of rain upon your crop which needs it, by that act you are possibly praying for a curse upon some neighbor’s crop which may not need rain and can be injured by it.

“You have heard your servant’s prayer — the uttered part of it. I am commissioned of God to put into words the other part of it — that part which the pastor — and also you in your hearts — fervently prayed silently. And ignorantly and unthinkingly? God grant that it was so! You heard these words: ‘Grant us the victory, O Lord our God!’ That is sufficient. the *whole* of the uttered prayer is compact into those pregnant words. Elaborations were not necessary. When you have prayed for victory you have prayed for many unmentioned results which follow victory–*must* follow it, cannot help but follow it. Upon the listening spirit of God fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen!

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.

(*After a pause.*) “Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits!”

It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.

Twain apparently dictated it around 1904-05; it was rejected by his publisher, and was found after his death among his unpublished manuscripts. It was first published in 1923 in Albert Bigelow Paine’s anthology, Europe and Elsewhere.

The story is in response to a particular war, namely the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902, which Twain opposed.

Good News According To Anna Baltzer

September 7, 2009

Anna is a peace activist concerned with Palestinian rights in Israel and the Holy Land.

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Peace is possible.

http://www.soldiersofpeacemovie.com/index.php
http://nswas.org
http://www.peres-center.org/
http://www.musalaha.org/

This guy is interesting, refused to give an oath to Hitler, helped co-found Neve Shalom and gave a tour to Jimmy Carter, according to Wiki.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bargil_Pixner

God Angrily Clarifies ‘Don’t Kill’ Rule –

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28151

J’accuse (1919) is a French silent film directed by Abel Gance. It juxtaposes a romantic drama with the background of the horrors of World War I, and it is sometimes described as a pacifist or anti-war film.[1] Work on the film began in 1918 and some scenes were filmed on real battlefields. The film’s powerful depiction of wartime suffering, and particularly its climactic sequence of the “return of the dead”, made it an international success, and confirmed Gance as one of the most important directors in Europe.[2]

Humor –
Wise Jewish Man

A female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wallto pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time.

So she went to check it out.

She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site.

She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview.

“Pardon me, sir, I’m Rebecca Smith from CNN. What’s you name?”

“Morris Greenberg,” he replied

“Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?”

“For about 60 years.”

“60 years! That’s amazing!

What do you pray for?”

“I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims.

I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop.

I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults, and to love their fellow man.”

“How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?”

“I feel like I’m talking to a f*****g brick wall.”

PALESTINE PEACE MUSIC – Ensemble Ambitions in a World Divided

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/arts/music/21wakin.html?_r=2&ref=arts&pagewanted=all

Jerusalem Peace Makers

http://jerusalempeacemakers2008.jerusalempeacemakers.org/home.html

Good News According To Marine Chaplain Eli Takesian

August 10, 2009

You Shall Not Murder: Marine chaplain Eli Takesian—like Lyn Brown, the chaplain interviewed in this episode—was attached to a unit that saw the brutality of combat up-close, but in a different war. He served two tours as a chaplain during Vietnam. Takesian talked with TAL producer Alex Blumberg.

Any thoughts on the web bonus talking about war chaplains and peacemakers?
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TAMERLANE – He was responsible for the effective destruction of the Christian Church in much of Asia. Thus, while Timur still retains a positive image in Central Asia, he is vilified by many in Arab, Persian and Indian societies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timur

PEACEMAKERS TODAY

Dr. David P. Gushee, Hugh Pope, Leon Shahabian

Good News According To Hitler

April 30, 2009

Hitler born and died as a Catholic.

Hitler launched Kristallnacht, which started World War 2, on Martin Luther’s anniversary of his last sermon to burn synagogues and expel all Jews.

Churches today still demonize God’s chosen people, the Jews.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judensau

What questions does this raise for the church?

How odd of god to choose the Jews….

But not so odd
As those who choose
A Jewish God
Yet spurn the Jews

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Norman_Ewer

also very odd is that of how much Jews discrimate against each other!

…“Israel is the only democratic country in the world that discriminates against religious streams of the majority of Jews,” charges Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. “Their rabbis are not accepted, nor are their conversions. It’s demoralizing not to have full status. The response should not be to walk away, but to fight for equality and pluralism in Israel.”…

Jerusalem Post article  Your People, My People

 
By JAN JABEN-EILON
17/08/2010

Good News According To Anthony Chapman

April 30, 2009

song written by American Christians to encourage embattled Israel, entitled, “A Prayer Under Fire,” has aired for the first time on Israeli radio and television Anthony Chapman and his wife Irene, from Rhode Island.

Good News According To Izzeldin Abuelaish

April 23, 2009

PALESTINIAN DOCTOR WHOSE PEACE EFFORTS TURN TO ANGUISH.

Good News According To Sabaaneh, A Creative Palestinian Artist

April 22, 2009

Sabaaneh is a creative Palestinian and Holy Land artist. Check out some of his work here  http://www.jffra.com/temp/index.php?month=07&year=2006&view=archiv&last_index=.

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