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Award for Ideology Cannot Bring Peace in the Place of the Peace of Faith

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Dec 14, 2009 at 16:24

For America, the answer to the first question by solemnman is that we were told it is so. He is on the record (interview with Rick Warren prior to his being named president of the United States of America). It was the position he politically identified with then and in the absence of his overtly claiming conversion according to what he wrote in 'Audacity of Hope,' the conclusion remains the same. But there is the common knowledge that Christianity has within its ranks varying levels of commitment, from the nominal (without the infusion of the Holy Spirit), to a professed one (though questionable), to a died on the cross believing disciple in true faith on the Person of Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ. The Hebrew Holy Bible says each are known by his/her fruits as a product of true faith, and in this case, that remains to be seen. Or does it?

Like it or not, the speech does infer many things, from his earlier whirlwind tour to show the world he was chosen for this moment, and as he took on the latest accolades for his presence in a time that needs focus to realize the world's desire for peace, the confirmation that many look to him to bring about some form of calm in the global schemes of things seemed to be in his grasp; well, at least the award was.

Where does it go from here? While the actions rage in Iraq and Afghanistan under direct American auspices, and elsewhere under the umbrella of antagonism by so many others, there is too much discontent to let peace have any place. That is what has been seen in Iran.

That the peace prize is handed out for a mere showing of an effort and not necessarily for an actual end to a conflict, the wonder now is who is going to be the next recipient if the last one does not deliver? Where is the next conflagration going to occur that will require the special efforts of someone with a silver tongue that will calm the beasts of war? Were I writing from Israel as our previous reader has, there would be livery little convincing necessary for me to believe that the beasts yapping at my borders for my blood are now ready to take their anger to the next level; and who will hold the award for speaking for my cause of peace then?

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