Jewish witnesses for peace and friends
The Covenant of Peace: A Jewish Witness by Maurice FriedmanWe live in an age of compounded crises, an age of hot and cold war and the constant threat of total annihilation by the weapons that we ourselves have perfected. It is an age more and more bereft of authentic human existence, and even the image of such existence increasingly deserts us. Those who cannot accept the compromises of our age run to the extremes: the yogi and the commissar, the saint and the political actionist. The one prayer which seems least likely to be answered, the prayer we have almost ceased to pray, is Dona nobis pacem, “Give us peace.” War, cold war, threatened war, future war, has become the very atmosphere in which we live, a total element so pervasive and so enveloping as to numb our very sensibility to the abyss which promises to engulf us.
In our age three great figures have emerged, each of whom in his way is a peacemaker: Mohandas Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, and Martin Buber. Each in his own way and on his own ground: Gandhi, who found the meeting point of religion and politics in satyagraha, a laying hold of the truth, or “soul force,” which proved effective in liberating India as it is also proving effective in liberating the Negro communities of the South; Schweitzer, whose Christian love has expressed itself in a practical “reverence for life” and whose concern for all of life extends from befriending a pelican to repeated pleas for outlawing nuclear weapons; Martin Buber, who has found in the Biblical Covenant a base for real meeting between peoples and real reconciliation between conflicting claims. Many, who like myself hold Gandhi and Schweitzer in reverence, turn nonetheless to Martin Buber and to the dialogue which meets others and holds its ground when it meets them, for the road to peace in the modern world.
How do I share with my Jewish friends?
Have you been wanting to tell your Jewish friend what Jesus means to you, but perhaps not known where to start? Then read this page, for a set of practical suggestions on how to present Messiah to your Jewish friend…. But witnessing to a Jewish person goes far beyond reciting the facts of the Gospel message. Witnessing must become a dialogue between two individuals, each with mutual respect and a genuine interest in the well being of the other. Because the best witness is the witness of a friend or close relation see John , the first step in sharing the Gospel with a Jewish person is to develop a friendship. Your witness will do best as it grows naturally out of a deepening relationship. The person will sense this and feel you are only interested in him as a project or trophy.
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