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The Prize of His Peace

Peace Reconciliation Politics

Source: “Zimbabwe's controversial president Mugabe wins China's version of Nobel Peace Prize” FoxNews.com, Published October 23, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-12

Scripture: John 14:27

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FOX NEWS provides the following report:

Zimbabwe's controversial president Robert Mugabe was awarded China's alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday for what the prize committee called his inspired national leadership and service to pan-Africanism.

The 91-year-old Mugabe is the latest in a series of critics of the West who have received the Confucius Peace Prize.

Under his rule, the government pushed a plan to acquire large parcels of land, many from white owners, to give to black farmers. When owners challenged the move in 2002, Mugabe reportedly called them "greedy, greedy colonials."

After fighting in a guerrilla war in the 1970s, Mugabe was elected president in 1980. He has been in power for 35 years with no clear successor.

Critics say he cracked down on opposition groups, sending many of their leaders to jail.

The prize committee defended its decision, saying Mugabe has "overcome difficulties of all kinds and has strongly committed himself to constructing his nation's political and economic order, while strongly supporting pan-Africanism and African independence."

The Confucius Peace Prize was first awarded in 2010, an angry response from Beijing over the granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Other recipients include former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Russian President Vladimir Putin. None has traveled to claim the prize in person.

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Despite the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world continues to be divided along ideological lines. Nowhere is this more evident than in the way we award peace prizes. Clearly, the Confucius Peace Prize represents one ideology's response to another.  While such awards are supposed to promote peace, isn’t this really just another form of war, albeit ideological?

Thankfully, God offers us something better than the world's version of a “peace prize.” He offers us "the prize of His peace."  It’s a prize offered to everyone—no committees, no nominations, or politics involved. And rather than furthering the divide, it results in complete and eternal reconciliation between God and man, forming the basis of all other peace.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid“ (John 14:27).

GOD CAN FIX THIS!

Prayer Politics Anger

Source: “GOP presidential candidates offer prayers — not solutions on gun control — after San Bernardino massacre” BY Rich Schapiro, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Updated: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7:16 AM

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-04

Scripture: Philippians 4:13 ; 1 Timothy 2:2

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Just weeks after the terrorist "soft target" attacks in Paris, our nation was rocked this week (12/2/15) when our own "soft target" -- a social services office in San Bernardino, CA -- was attacked, leaving 14 dead and more than 20 wounded.

Under a front page banner that read, "GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS," The New York Daily News wrote:

Prayers aren’t working.

White House hopefuls on the Democratic side of the aisle called for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting in San Bernardino that left at least 14 dead.

But after yet another mass shooting in America, GOP presidential contenders were conspicuously silent on the issue of gun control.

Instead, the Republicans were preaching about prayer.

What the New York Daily News called "preaching about prayer" was actually just the candidates tweeting expressions of support to the victims of the San Bernardino massacre, like the following tweet by Sen. Ted Cruz:

Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino who willingly go into harm’s way to save others.

Democrats were quick to criticize the GOP presidential candidates for offering their prayers instead of promising action. In response to Sen. Cruz' tweet, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn) tweeted:

Your ‘thoughts’ should be about steps to take to stop this carnage, your ‘prayers’ should be for forgiveness if you do nothing — again.

Murphy’s tweet was retweeted 7,600 times in less than six hours.

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The tone of this article reminds me of the old Three Stooges routine where Moe strikes Curly and Larry with one slap, only in this case the Daily News manages to slap all of the Republican candidates for president and God! Moe's got nothing on these guys!!

Regardless of which side of the aisle you stand, how sad it is that it has become impossible to say anything without it becoming twisted and turned on you. Isn't it just common courtesy to offer to pray for those who suffer? Can't we at least do that anymore?

Before political and legislative solutions can be found to address our national woes, we must first learn how to talk to one another again. The greatest threat we face isn't terrorism or global warming, it's hate, mistrust and internal strife. Not everyone wants to hear this, but this is a spiritual problem.

We should pray for the Daily News and for all those who undermine the civility of our national discourse with politically motivated, mean spirited banter, because the truth is GOD CAN FIX THIS!

"For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13).

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people--for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness" (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

We Are Charlie, Or Are We

Words (Power of) Encouragement Politics

Source: “Discretion, Free Speech and 'Charlie Hebdo': How should Christians react to offensive forms of free speech?” by Jesse Carey, posted RELEVANT.com, 1/12/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-15

Scripture: Proverbs 18:21 ; Ephesians 4:29

Author: Jesse Carey / Illustration Exchange
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“Charlie Hebdo” (French for Charlie Weekly) is a French satirical weekly magazine famous for its irreverent, radical, and often downright offensive cartoons, articles, and jokes. In the aftermath of the brutal killing of several “Charlie Hebdo” editors, staff, and multiple innocent bystanders and hostages, people around the world banned together in solidarity by wearing “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) t-shirts “as a sign of support for the victims, the newspaper itself and the principle of free speech.”

At first glance, such strident and overt support of the magazine seems so appropriate, so right. After all, support of free speech is a very Christian ideal. Noting the purposeful and often “over-the-top” offensiveness of many of the “Charlie Hebdo” publications, one Christian blogger, Jesse Carey, writing for RELEVANT MAGAZINE, challenges us to rethink how we show our support:

Beyond being a cornerstone value to most modern, Western cultures, free speech is vital to a Christian worldview. As Christians, the freedom to exchange ideas, the ability to criticize those in power for the sake of justice and the liberty to have honest dialogue—even with our Creator—is woven throughout Scripture.

But just because we may want to speak out against threats to free speech doesn’t mean we should issue unwavering support to those who choose to exercise their speech in ways we don’t agree with. In other words, there is a difference between mourning the deaths of those killed and supporting the work they did in life. To admit so does not demean their deaths or lessen the tragedy.

We should think carefully before declaring “I am Charlie,” even if it’s only intended as a simple act of showing unity, support for victims or values related to free expression.

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In other words, we can support the victims, their families, and even the democratic ideal of freedom of speech without explicity throwing our support to an institution which uses words, not to build up, but to stir up. As Carey reminds us, the Scriptures are replete with warnings such as, Proverbs 18:21 which tells us, “The tongue has the power of life and death.”

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).

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Santa's Politically Correct Conundrum

Christmas Politics Peace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-11-11

Scripture: Luke 2:14

Author: Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D.
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Government Shutdown Spawns Uncertainty

Politics Kingdom of God God's Care

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-02

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Election Fatigue Leaves Some Sobbing

Politics Jesus' Lordship Followership

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-15

Scripture: Isaiah 9:6 ; Philippians 2:9

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Politics Is Hell

Politics Sin Judgment of Believers

Contributed By: Jim Beck | Date Posted: 2012-11-06

Scripture: Romans 2:16

Author: Kevin Deyoung
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Voting Guidelines

Politics Leadership Guidance

Contributed By: Jim Beck | Date Posted: 2012-11-05

Scripture: Various

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Washington's Farewell Address - No Morality Without Religion

Morality Politics Worldview

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-23

Scripture: John 15:

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Governing Ourselves

Politics Self-control Morality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-15

Scripture: Proverbs 25:28

Author: James Madison, Fourth President of the United Stat
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