The road was blocked by barricades. The troops tightly stood at attention the Avenida de Paz (Peace Avenue) in Tegucigalpa. I stopped abruptly. I had not seen the blockade until I was close to the soldiers, who stood in full combat gear brandishing semi-automatic weapons.
Another day, another protest, some might say in a poor, violent nation. Today, the show of force was in response to credible threats of violence against the US Embassy in the capital of Honduras. A suitable show of force to threats against US interests was needed to allay concerns of big brother to the North.
Nation rises against nation. Insurrections, wars, and now a return to barbarism in the Middle East dominates the international news. What’s our response?
NT Wright, probably the foremost theologian of our times, espouses a theory of the Kingdom of God which on the surface often seems orthodox and unimpressive.
Read his writings a bit closer. His Anglican voice argues that the Jesus of the Gospels, as is recorded, had radical views, indeed, so radical, that the society in which he lived condemned him to death.Jesus suffered a violent and unjust death.
He did not resist but willingly gave up his life. He rose from the dead. Our whole Christian heritage rests on this truth.
As his disciples, do we dare to follow the narrow way set forth by Jesus? Or do we just take up a call for more violence? I suppose it depends on which kingdom I want to see spread across the world: one of violence and retribution wrought by the powerful, or the upside kingdom of peace and reconciliation carried by the meek.