Why I Hold to Non-Violence (or Pacifism)

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Our world is riddled with violence. From verbal to physical, personal violence to collective violence such as war. It is everywhere. Our neighborhoods, the news, social media, across national lines, within national lines and more.

So it’s difficult to even consider living a life of non-violence.

Very difficult.

Yet, that is the place I found myself some years ago. I was pulled slowly toward the gift of non-violence. And, so, I am now an advocate of non-violence across all areas of life.

Now, let me make clear that, in championing non-violence, I do not consider myself “better” than others. Honestly, I don’t. And if I were to, I’d need to watch it. This is simply the journey I’m on and the position of which I am an advocate. I want non-violence to affect my personal life and I want it to affect the way I live in society.

In all, I have chosen non-violence as a very practical way to live out the peace, or shalom and well-being, of God.

There are three reasons as to why I hold to and look to practice non-violence as best I can. Continue reading

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