Posts Tagged ‘International aid’

Pacifism Bombs

Monday, August 11th, 2014

I was once a card-carrying member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, and I still have considerable sympathy for the pacifist position as represented, for example, by the Methodist theologian Stanley Hauerwas. Seeking peace was incontrovertibly essential to Christ’s concept of the Kingdom of God.

The problem is that the real world in which we Christians live seems to be getting more and more violent. It’s hard to see in some cases how we as a nation can help our unfortunate fellow men and women without using the violent means at our disposal. Letting fellow Christians be slaughtered because we would have to take up arms to help them seems to be as passive as it would be pacifist. It would seem to be a shirking of our responsibility to care for the least of our brethren.

I don’t know if the Episcopal Peace Fellowship even exists any more, so little is it in the news. And while I recognize the need for military action against oppression and terrorism, the decline of the pacifist position is sad. —J. Douglas Ousley


Global Church

Monday, April 15th, 2013

I was preaching yesterday about discipleship and the Christian obligation to sacrifice personal gains in order to serve God. I contrasted our congregation’s relative lack of sacrifice with those made by Peter and the first disciples, who were martyred for their faith.

I happened also to mention the Christians in Nigeria and Egypt today who were being persecuted by Muslim extremists. It turned out that there was a group of seven Egyptian Christians in church that morning. They were pleased to be recognized and couldn’t wait to tell me that they were members of the Coptic Church.

Small world, large Church. —J. Douglas Ousley


Money Changing

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Although I do not at all recommend the extreme traditionalist blog VirtueOnline, the author, David Virtue (his real name) had a point when he noted the irony: the Haitian Ambassador to the United Nations has just rented a floor of the Episcopal Church Headquarters–expensive space in a prime location a block from the UN.

At the same time, the Episcopal Church is raising money to rebuild the main cathedral of our fellow Episcopalians there; in fact, Incarnation was an earlier contributor to this campaign. Our diocese and many other church organizations are also giving money to relieve suffering and encourage development in the poorest country in our hemisphere.

I’ll leave it to others to figure whether this rental is a good use of our patrimony. —J. Douglas Ousley