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Sunday
Jul192015

Giving peace a chance in Iran

If we see ourselves as living in a world of risk, where at any time someone, or something, may do immense harm and we can do nothing to stop it, then the new agreement with Iran is fraught with tension. Is Iran lying about renouncing development of a nuclear weapon, putting Israel and the rest of the world in greater danger? Will it use its new funds from the lifting of sanctions to sow more discord in the Middle East? Or is Iran finally going to feel secure and respected enough that it can safely assume an important and constructive role in the world?

The questions can’t be resolved politically. Each side will dig in over the next few months and insist its scenario is the likely one. As more months and years go by we’ll have a clearer idea what Iran will do, but leaving it all to chance seems unduly risky.

I don’t like leaving things to chance. I have prayed about this, as have many other people. I started by attacking fear. Fear makes people do crazy things. But insisting in confident prayer that God is perfect Love, and, as the Bible puts it, “perfect love casts out fear,” and working to keep fearful, hateful and other un-Godlike thoughts out of my view of the world (whether on the level of international relations or my personal life), I am trying to help make perfect love a reality, not just for me but for the world.

This agreement may comprise more than 100 pages of details, but our reaction to it can be pretty simple: God, divine Love, has been and is in charge of Her universe. As the Bible says, “[God] maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

See The Christian Science Monitor for some good coverage.

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