Created by Sarah and Jonathan Nahar
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Episode 8​

As we work for peace, conflicts are inevitable. Nonviolence is not a way of avoiding conflict, but confronting it.

Jesus commanded his followers to love their enemies (Matthew 5:34). He knew we would have enemies, or people who oppose our work for peace. When we confront those with whom we are in opposition, that intervention will cause conflict. It's not just people you will come into conflict with. Systems, structures, and institutions that cause harm become our opponents too.

But waging conflict through Nonviolent direct action is different from violent conflict. Violence seeks to eliminate opponents who can't be won over. Christian nonviolence sees every person as made in the image of God. We believe in the possibility of change and repentance for all, including ourselves.

 

 

 

 

https://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/peace/stir-up-peace/4520/Confronting-conflict-with-nonviolent-direct-action



 

 

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