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March 02, 2015


Dave Summers

My stepmother left the Baptist church as a teenager because, although they preached forgiveness and love of enemies, when war broke out they didn't practice it. Eventually she became a Quaker.
My Dad remained a Baptist by conviction all his life, although for 55 years he attended the Church of Scotland because there wasn't a Baptist congregation in Portknockie or Cullen. He had occasional contact with a Baptist pacifist network.
Dad was a conscientious objector and suffered from very poor conditions when he was given farm work as an alternative to military service. Muriel also registered as a conscientious objector. Being a nurse she would not have been called up, but she felt the need to take a stand. Her father said "If I had my way, all conscientious objectors would be lined up and shot - including you."
I have never been put to the test in the ways that they were. I hope I would pass, but I suppose you never know until it happens.
Like you, I am perplexed. I wonder how real faith is if it doesn't make this kind (or any significant kind) of difference to someone's life or values - and I apply that to myself as much as anyone.
I will not deny the presence of the Holy Spirit in someone because they hold a different opinion. (I'm thinking through my own perplexity here - I'm not relating that to anything you wrote.) We all fall short. But on matters like this it puzzles me.
Just some musings in response to your post. If I went on I would ramble. But I agree with your conclusion.

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