In response to attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, the United States has declared war on terrorism. How are Christians to respond? The following materials are offered to help Christians face this challenge to their faith.
Sermons by Robert Traer
Deliver Us from Evil 9 March 2003
Call to Christian Citizenship 6 October 2002
Whose Promised Land? 28 July 2002
One Nation Under God? 21 July 2002
From Call to Repentance (a dialogue sermon)
Bob: Christian faith require us to face our complicity in evil, rather than simply attributing evil to those who are easily identified as evildoers. In faith, rather than judging others, we are called to ask how we have contributed to the circumstances in which others have done evil.
Sarah: You mean we might bear some responsibility for crime and terrorism?
Bob: That’s right. Crime in our cities is partly a reaction to our complicity in a society that values greed and materialistic life. And the terrorist attacks on America are partly a response to our indifference to the suffering and humiliation resulting from the expansion of American power and wealth in the last quarter of the twentieth century.
Sarah: Surely, criminals and terrorists should be held responsible for their actions.
Bob: Absolutely. But as American Christians, we are called to confess our sin — for depleting the earth’s resources for our own convenience, for ignoring the injustice suffered by so many millions of the earth’s peoples, and for not supporting justice through international law and global cooperation. We are called to confess our sin, to receive God’s forgiveness, and to repent by doing all we can to preserve the earth and to support the rule of law throughout the world.
Israel and Palestine
Writing from Jerusalem in 2005, Robert Traer reflects on the conflicts between Jews, Muslims, and Christians and the search for an alternative to the ongoing conflict.
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