Prayer and Action for Iraq

Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq invites you to join us in a day of prayer and action. Every Tuesday until Easter we will have a focused day of prayer and a subsequent action. Our time of prayer will be at 1400GMT and the action taking place between Tuesday and Thursday. Please consider posting any messages related to these prayers and actions on this site so that we may all encourage each other’s spiritual growth. Please refer to the main website, cpt.org, for more on our organization.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Day of Prayer And Action- "Security: A False God"

My guardian is God . . . . . Those to whom you pray besides God cannot help you, nor can they help themselves.” (Qur’an 7:196)

A ruler is not saved by an army,
nor a warrior preserved by strength.
A vain hope for safety is the horse;
despite its power it cannot save . . .

Our soul is waiting for God.
God is our help and our shield.
In God do our hearts find joy.
We trust in God’s holy name.
May your love be upon us, O God,
As we place all our hope in you.”
(Psalm 33:16-17, 20-22)

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“Stay safe.” We hear it all the time in Iraq. “Our soldiers are keeping us safe.” One hears it all the time in the Western world. Citizens of the West agreed to go to war because we wanted to be safe from WMD’s, we remain at war because we want to be safe from terrorism, and we pour billions of dollars into war and defense instead of into schools, healthcare, and social services.

Security, security, security. It has become a false god. We are obsessed with “staying safe” and are willing to use violence in order to do so. But “a vain hope for safety is the horse” – or the mini-nukes, fighter jets, tanks, and arms buildup. Despite their power, they cannot save.

What will save us? What about a just distribution of the world’s resources, justice and human rights in all our affairs, an attitude of trust rather than suspicion, friendship rather than intimidation, and an openness to learn rather than to preach. The Qur’an parallels the Biblical tradition when it states “It was God who created you from a single soul.” (Qur’an 7:189). When we remember to place our hope only in God and God’s presence in each other, perhaps at last we will be truly safe.


Suggested Action Steps:

For U.S. citizens: Consider that nearly 50% of your tax dollars go toward military spending in search of a “security” that does not exist. Visit the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee website (http://www.nwtrcc.org/) and consider ways to reallocate your tax dollars.
All citizens: Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Express your concerns about your country’s approach to security, and suggest alternatives.

2 Comments:

Blogger Duane Ediger said...

I submitted the following letter to the Editor of the Chicago Tribune on December 9 2004:

The wrongness of financially supporting terrorist violence is the precise reason why many people who live in this country maintain our incomes below the federally taxable level; others avoid paying what the government says they owe. Thousands of us have personally known civilians who up to this day are being cruelly and unjustly targeted, tortured and killed and subjected to other forms of terror through U.S. taxpayer-funded campaigns that use terror in Latin America and around the world. Over ten thousand gathered at Fort Benning, Georgia in November to mark the anniversary of the massacre of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter by Salvadoran Army graduates of the U.S. Army School of the Americas housed at that base.

An apt quote for our times comes from the man George W. Bush hailed as his favorite philosopher: “…with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.”

Mercy!

December 9, 2004 at 6:57 PM  
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