In seeking peace, neither prayer nor action alone are sufficient

Seek peace and pursue it” Psalm 34:14

They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.” Nehemiah 4:12

As a community organizer, I visit a lot of congregations that pray for peace. Every week in their prayers and petitions they remember the suffering of war and pray for peace.

As a peace activist, I see a lot of people who work for peace. They march. They rally. They write letters.

Both of these are good.

Neither is sufficient.

The example of Nehemiah shows us that we need to both pray and act. We need to pray to God and post guards.
Our churches and other religious institutions need to act more boldly for the cause of peace. Our secular peace movements need to be more open to the spiritual aspects of peacemaking.

Everybody says they are seeking peace. We can all do better to pursue it more vigorously.

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