An Appeal in This Difficult Time
Rev. Masaharu Asayama
|Special Greetings to Christian Friends in
This Difficult Time
I send you greetings in Christ in this difficult
time. I feel like one of Job's friends who
sat with Job without a word for seven days
and seven nights, because they saw his suffering
was very great. I am afraid that I might
utter unwise words like them. Forgive me
before hand for my poor words.
I heartily share the sorrow, pains, and even
anger with you for the loss of thousands
of precious lives. I hate terror! I hate
terrorists! Allow me, however, to ask to
ourselves in the midst of the tragedy. Should
we make the death of thousands of people
in New York, Washington, and Pittsburgh worthless
and meaningless? We do believe that the unearned
suffering of those people and the US people
has the redemptive meaning. As Christian
people, it is time for you to show your Christian
love and patience, isn't it? Let us look
up to the cross of Jesus, who said on the
cross, "Father, forgive them; for they
do not know what they are doing."
Retaliation is not the answer to the cruel
violence. War is no solution to it. You can
smash cockroaches with the sole of a shoe,
but not a virus. By smashing cockroaches,
you will be spreading all over the world
the virus of hatred, enmity, distrust, and
everything that destroys our human community.
We are the people who have been called by
God to be the peacemakers, aren't we?
Let us pray and work for breaking the vicious
circle of retaliation. Let us use this unprecedented
tragedy to express to ourselves and to show
world our Christian faith, hope, and love.
No More Violence! No More War!
May God bless you.
IPCC is meant to be a world-wide Christian action(witness)
toward the 21st century which proclaims the gospel of
reconciliation to all people of the world.IPCC acts to build
the inter-personal Christian community which is made up
of individual persons.
People are invited to join the Council(IPCC) as a person
representing none other than her-or-him-self.
IPCC,incidentally,could also stand for Inter Personal Computer Church.
Fresh Skins for New Wine!
Chair - Masaharu Asayama
(Pastor,Kunitachi-Nozomi Cumberland Presbyterian Church)
3-15-9 Higashi,Kunitachi-shi,Tokyo,Japan 186
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