Response to Brianna Diaz

October 29, 2007

Brianna, reflecting on the article“Desiring War,” makes a comment that I want to respond to today.  She states, “But in my opinion, the freedom that we live in is external, I believe that like the Middle East as well as all nations, we are oppressed by and adversary, and therefore our internal freedom has been robbed taking away our peace and happiness that only God can restore.” She elaborates on this by using scripture from Ephesians 6:1-“for our struggle is not against flesh and blood…but against the powers of this dark world, the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.”  I believe this is an essential aspect in understanding what lays at the root of conflict-the power of evil-at work in relationships at all levels, from individual conflict to conflict between nation states.  I do wonder however if the distinction between external and internal freedom encourages a body-soul dualism. Does this perspective overlook the importance of justice and attempts towards peaceful mediation? I would be concerned if Christians became known for just emphasizing that people should find God and internal peace, while not being known kingdom activity that seeks peace in our social realities.

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