Posted by: thebylog | January 15, 2009

Protesting Israeli Violence

There was an article in the Daily Collegian today about some people protesting the violence against the Palestinians being perpetrated by the Israelis.  Now, I’m not for or against Israel in this conflict necessarily; the violence is appalling particularly as it affects innocent bystanders.  With all the protests around the world, however, I wonder where all the protesters were — those demonstrating for peace — before Israel invaded.  There was violence then, in the form of fired rockets from the Gaza strip into Israel.  I don’t begrudge these people the right to protest the Israeli violence, but it seems disingenuous to protest only now after the violence has escalated due to the Israeli assault.  Granted, the scope is presently much greater, but violence is violence, no?

You know, though, Jesus is the Prince of Peace and commanded his followers to be peacemakers.  At times like this it’s easy to wonder if Christians shouldn’t be doing whatever they can do to promote peace, whether it  is protesting or aspiring to political positions which could influence world peace on a larger scale. 

But then, what is peace, anyway?



  1. Your last question was thought-provoking.

    From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language:

    PEACE, n. [L. pax, paco, to appease.]

    1. In a general sense, a state of quiet or tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation; applicable to society, to individuals, or to the temper of the mind.

    2. Freedom from war with a foreign nation; public quiet.

    3. Freedom from internal commotion or civil war.

    4. Freedom from private quarrels, suits or disturbance.

    5. Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety or the like; quietness of mind; tranquillity; calmness; quiet of conscience.

    Great peace have they that love the law. Ps.119.

    6. Heavenly rest; the happiness of heaven.

    7. Harmony; concord; a state of reconciliation between parties at variance.

    8. Public tranquillity; that quiet,order and security which is guaranteed by the laws; as, to keep the peace; to break the peace.

    This word is used in commanding silence or quiet; as, peace to this troubled soul.

    Peace, the lovers are asleep.

    To be at peace, to be reconciled; to live in harmony.

    To make peace, to reconcile, as parties at variance.

    To hold the peace, to be silent; to suppress one’s thoughts; not to speak.

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