Dream

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Building Dreams With Our Hands: Translated from Spanish

There were noises near the front of the house. People were beating on the door, trying to get in. Why wasn’t the dog barking? Then I realized it was a bad dream. There wasn’t a mob at the door, pushing to get in.

Perhaps, I can blame late-night television viewing. I am not sure if watching The Walking Dead after 11:00 pm is a good idea. Whatever the cause, it doesn’t matter. It wasn’t real.

Some dreams are not entirely imaginary. We call those daydreams, or some, ideals we wish were true. Maybe we dream of a perfect lover, friend, or spouse, or on a more broader level, a world without suffering, starvation, or want.

Considering the state of current events lately, I don’t know if the latter is likely. It seems evil is quite prevalent, palpable and frightening as we watch beheadings, killings, and wars unfold in real-time on our computers or televisions.

But what is our response? For many, it seems to call for more of the same. We desire righteous wrath on the evildoers.

What if we had a better ideal in mind? What if we embraced the outrageously, seemingly impossible way of Christ. What if we actually turned the proverbial other cheek, not reacting in violence and fear? What if we loved our enemies as He commanded?

Blessed are the peace-makers, Jesus said.

4 thoughts on “Dream

  1. Revenge just escalates the violence. From my outside of the place view, that seems to have been a problem for a long time between various groups in the Middle East. Not sure, but we might disagree on dealing with groups promoting mass killing goals. Revenge is wrong but stopping a group planning to kill others just for ? (well I don’t really understand their crazy reasons) is the right thing to do. I consider them like the Nazis and many people believed it was good the world joined in to stop them.
    You are right about loving people and the more love the better. But doesn’t loving the potential victims outweigh your idea of not using force, when it could stop future violence against them?

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    1. Dietrich Bonhoeffer at first urged pacifism in the face of Nazi Germany, and more specifically, Hitler. He changed his mind, as he thought the evil behind the man must be stopped. I don’t believe that national interests can be ignored in the face of evil. I just think US society in general is quite reckless in the call to hate and kill our enemies, without much thought as to the danger of hate speech.

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  2. At times like these, I remember Gandhi’s words about resisting evil: “When I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it: always.” He was, of course, only quoting the truths we Christians know, but often do not exercise. And I am speaking of myself here. Too often I have spoken with a voice of revenge, instead of truth and love. I am not certain that Bonhoeffer got it right when he conspired against Hitler. But that is easy for me to say in he comfort of Bend.

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    1. Well said, Steve. I think of Martin Luther King, Jr, who had a dream of righteousness that would come by non-violent means. He was subversive in the same manner as Jesus, with a message of justice through peaceful means that his generation considered to be so outrageous that his life had to be ended. I think Americans forget that the God we think of as our God is not like us at all.

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