Monday, March 1, 2010

NONVIOLENCE IS NOT "DOING NOTHING"

André Trocmé challenges shallow notions of nonviolence and casual compassion.

POWER OF A DIFFERENT KIND.  Listen to André Trocmé: “People tend to think of nonviolence as a choice between using force and doing nothing.  But for Jesus, the real choice takes place at another level.  Nonviolence is less a matter of ‘not killing’ and more a matter of showing compassion, of saving and redeeming, of being a healing community.”

HARM IN A LITTLE CHARITY.  “One must choose between doing good to the person placed in one’s path, or the evil which one might be doing by mere abstention.  For Jesus, there is no no-man’s-land, enabling us to portion our attitudes, to do a little good to our neighbor without taking the risk of becoming involved for his sake, or to do him a little harm while still remaining charitable.”

INACTION NOT AN OPTION.  “To do good is to save a person; not to do him good is to kill him.  To save someone is to restore that person physically, socially, and spiritually.  To neglect and postpone this restoration is already to kill.”

FREE E-BOOK.  This is from Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution by André Trocmé.  Trocmé’s hallmark book, first published in English in 1974, can be downloaded for free in PDF e-book format from the folks at Plough Publishing.  Access it at this link: http://www.plough.com/ebooks/nonviolentrevolution.html

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