“PEACE PEACE WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE…”

“PEACE PEACE WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE…”

“Peace Peace When There is No Peace…” The prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel both spoke these words to the people of Israel when they saw what was coming. The people had been seduced into complacency in their disobedience to the Lord’s will, believing everything was okay and life would be good because false prophets had told them so. But Jeremiah and Ezekiel saw differently, hearing directly from God, knowing His anger and wrath were to be poured out on a rebellious nation who’d long been rejecting His ways. “An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely and the priests rule by their own power; and my people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” (Jer 5:31) Jeremiah went on to say, ”they have healed the brokenness of My people lightly, saying peace peace when there is no peace.”[i] He repeats these same words in chapter eight verse eleven. His words are echoed by Ezekiel who also stated, “it is definitely because they have misled My people by saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace.” [ii] Are we sailing into a storm? A wise sailor keeps a close eye on the weather forecast to see what’s coming. Today’s technical advances enable seafarers to get a very good idea of the weather, days or even weeks in advance, and prepare accordingly. He or she will see bad weather coming, batten down the hatches, stow away anything that might get thrown about below, tidy the decks and reduce liability topside by reefing sails. They may even prepare a sea anchor for...
IS PEACE POSSIBLE?

IS PEACE POSSIBLE?

Is Peace and Reconciliation Possible? by Christy Anastas & Howard Stern The English author, C S Lewis, wrote that forgiveness is a great idea until someone has something to forgive. So when two peoples such as the Palestinians and Israelis, who have been at war for so long with so many losses on both sides, in a conflict driven by nationalistic pride or over claims of ancient covenant rights, forgiveness can quickly disappear. In its place remains unforgiveness, a cruel prison keeping people captive to historic injuries. For genuine and lasting reconciliation to occur there must be forgiveness. Forgiveness is the foundation upon which a house of reconciliation can be built. For true progress towards reconciliation to be made there must first be honesty about past failings, recognition of each other’s needs and rights, and a willingness to make compromise. People must see each other’s humanity. Both sides must understand, appreciate and respect each other’s needs for security, peace, cultural freedoms and the need to work together towards common goals, such as the prevention of terrorism. In the Palestine-Israel conflict there is a huge amount at stake for both parties. Both have much to gain or lose depending on how successful future negotiations are. However, such negotiations can only succeed if they focus on the future, and not dwell in the past. We must learn from the past, but not dwell in it, for we cannot change it, we can only affect the future. Today exists a window of opportunity that has not been present before. This opportunity is to be found among the generation of younger Palestinians and...