Century Marks

Price of peace: When Kathleen Lee Turner witnessed a friend’s daughter being baptized, she was stunned at how quickly the baptism was over and how easily the service segued into announcements. But that was not as shocking as when, later in the service, following the singing of a patriotic hymn, the senior pastor prayed, “O Lord, be with our country, our president, our military. We pray for peace in the world. We really do. But not at the expense of our way of life . . .” At first Turner felt physically ill, but upon further reflection she had to grant that the pastor was at least being honest: don’t we all want peace so long as it is not at the expense of our way of life? (Weavings, March/April).

 

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