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[Bruce Adema] said that Reformed adherents live in a tension: In one hand they hold a deep desire to "never want war," and in the other hand they hold a desire to stand up for the weak and vulnerable, using redemptive violent military force if no other solution is evident. However, "if just war happens, we have not been effective agents of peace," he admitted.With a Purple Heart pinned to his lapel, [Herman Keizer] advocated for a re-examination of attitudes about conventional weapons. "In World War II, only 20 percent of the fight- ing force shot to kill," he said. "Today, that is up to 85 percent. . . . We, the U.S. and Canada, have trained- and have fielded- the deadliest and most lethal force in the history of war fighting. I am concerned because soldiers are more concerned with killing than being killed."CRC members would not disagree with Hrders assertions that "we believe that peace is the will of God," and it is most fully revealed in Jesus. However, exegetical differences showed fissures on how peace can be achieved. Jesus' claim in Matthew 10:34-7 have not come to bring peace, but a sword"- -were filtered through both CRC and Mennonite lenses. Mennonites interpret this story as the suffering servant model: Jesus sought to bring peace by making himself a sacrifice of the sword, instead of wielding it, while the CRC understands that the text does not forbid the use of violent force.
14 Canadian Mennonite November 30, 2009 God at work in the World killing than being killed.” Helmut Harder, emeritus profes- Coming at peace from sor of theology at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, and former general secretary of the Conference of Mennonites different directions Story and Photo by Dan Dyck in Canada (the precursor to MC Canada), addressed the question of how Mennonites have responded to contemporary chal- lenges on issues of war and peace, and how Mennonite church canada release this has shaped and reshaped its identity. WiNNiPeG Challenges to absolute pacifism by some of those in attendance were rewarded by W hat happens when just war theolo- gians and church leaders meet face to face with their pacifist counterparts to Harder’s simple explanation that “exter- mination of life is always wrong.” CRC members would not disagree with talk about war and peace? Harder’s assertions that “we believe that Last month, 43 members of Mennonite peace is the will of God,” and it is most fully Church Canada and the Christian revealed in Jesus. However, exegetical dif- Reformed Church of Canada (CRC) took ferences showed fissures on how peace part in the Symposium on War and Peace can be achieved. Jesus’ claim in Matthew at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg. 10:34—“I have not come to bring peace, The Reformed Church has a long-stand- but a sword”—were filtered through both ing tradition of just war theology—war CRC and Mennonite lenses. Mennonites should be used only as a last resort for the interpret this story as the suffering servant defence of the weak and vulnerable who are model: Jesus sought to bring peace by mak- unable to defend themselves—and obliga- ing himself a sacrifice of the sword, instead tory military service to one’s country, be- of wielding
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