Once we’ve fully rendered to God, what is left for Caesar’s wars?
On July 4th we lament our country’s increasing dependency on wars without end—a war economy with 50% of our federal tax for war, while 26% of Port Huron is poor. Therefore a few of us from interfaith backgrounds begin to examine how our federal tax monies perpetuate war.
To some, peace merely means the liberty to take advantage of other people without fear of retaliation or interference. ... And to practically everybody peace simple means the absence of any physical violence that might cast a shadow over lives devoted to the satisfaction of their selfish appetites for comfort and pleasure. ... So instead of loving what you think is peace, love other people and love God above all. -- Thomas Merton, from p. 122 of New Seeds of Contemplation