My puny efforts to get passenger trains and stations reinstated on 38 miles of existing, double track rail lines in Birmingham and the Black Country. Some, such as the Stourbridge, Dudley, Walsall rail line has its middle section reserved for trams that forever prevent passenger trains returning.
I have listened to tape recordings of four long addresses by eloquent Bible teacher, Roger Price on the subject, 'The Doctrine of War'.Roger asked if Jesus was a pacifist.He emphatically said, 'No'.Like Roger, I don't take the hard-line position that the disciples of the Lord should be pacifists - that is too much to ask!Rather, they should not be combative and aggressive around the world.To be combative, as we have found to our cost (in SE Asia and now Afghanistan and Iraq), invites revenge.It ups the anti and the hatred for us.However, I do expect Bible believing Christians, like the large majority (80%) who have voted twice for their brother GW Bush, not to initiate violence, aggression, force around the world.It is counter-productive and is the opposite, I think, of loving God, neighbour, enemy.If we can’t love our enemy, at least don’t let us make enemies in the countries we interfere with!This is my soft-line position.
Extract from an article by Sarah Joseph who interviewed Dr Rowan Williams
Christian Zionists support the return
of Jews to Israel because they believe the
second coming ofJesus will not occur until
all Jews are in Israel. The Archbishop is
scathing, accusingthem of beingconnected
to “the chosen nation myth of America,
meaning that what happens in America is
very much atthe heart of God’s purposefor
In today’s world it is easy to see why
America seems sointrinsicallyinvolvedin
everything. The Archbishoprecognisesthat:
“We have only one global hegemonic power
at the moment.” But, he propounds, “It is
not accumulating territory; it is trying to
accumulate influence and control.”
Page 34 of ‘Emel’ magazine, December 2007
In other words, Christian Zionists, like ‘Bridges for Peace’, are an obstacle to peace because they want more Jewish settlers in more of the West Bank to help the return of Christ to be that little bit sooner!
One happy old man climbing 1,000 major hills in the UK and planting 1,000 trees - both since 1980 and now achieved but continuing!
Full-time cycle commuter since October 2003. My family of six bikes; four humans with four full driving licences; three vacuum cleaners; one pet rat; and, ONE 12.5 year old car.