Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Following the Healer of Healers

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Following the Healer of Healers

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How evangelicals can be catalysts for peace in the Holy Land * By Sami Awad

HOW CAN EVANGELICALS be a catalyst for peace in the Holy Land? The focus must be on what Jesus wants us to do, not on what we want to do-we must see how Jesus wants us to move forward in this. What is the language that he wants us to speak to those that are suffering, and to those who are committing the suffering as well? It's very easy for us to dehumanize those who cause suffering. We always need to ask the question: Is this the style of Jesus? Is this how Jesus would talk to the oppressor?

For anything to move forward in the Holy Land, a relationship of trust and respect must be established between the peoples. Peace is not just negotiated agreements between politicians. Peace is the process of building trust and respect between the peoples of the land. To be able to see each other with new eyes. To be able to really understand who the "other" is. To appreciate them-their culture, their heritage, the narrative that they bring to the table. …

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