Every humble person is a pacifist,

but not every pacifist is a humble person.  No humble person ridicules, wants others to lose, gets in a fight, wages war, needs to feel superior, has a competitive spirit.  Every humble person enjoys others, just as they are, and himself, just as s/he is, not just externally, but also internally, where no one can see, except the highly discerning person.  And.

Every humble NATION, minds its own business, is gracious and respectful to other nations, does not try to impose its values on others, by force or even by self-righteous persuasion.  Our hearts go out to the humble.  Only proud people/nations have enemies.  Only proud people/nations force their values on others, in disrespect, attempting to control external behavior instead of reaching the conscience through humble love.  And.

Only proud parents use force on their children to control external behavior in a battle of the wills, instead of reaching their conscience through humble love.  Only proud parents produce prodigal children.

–Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, parent of prodigals, who in recent years has become a self-righteous pacifist, opposed to the military-industrial complex of SuperpowerUSA, because Jesus taught us to turn the other cheek, remove logs from our own eyes, and did not advocate governmental solutions to societal problems, but rather spoke directly to the conscience, because the conscience is reached through humble love, while force only affects external behavior

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  1. Glenn Trevisan
    Glenn Trevisan says:

    Our children (30 and 28) have fallen away from their faith but I am shaken by you attributing my own pride as having to do with them, even though I readily admit I am prideful. (They both made faith commitments as children.) Rather, my wife and I encourage them to seek the Lord, lift them in prayer to the Lord and entrust them to the Lord’s hand and timing. I do admit desiring we could be walking in faith with both of them and admit feeling jealous about friends able to openly share and enjoy their faith walk with children.

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    • WeakDave
      WeakDave says:

      Glenn, I’ve been telling believing friends for years that I have the “spiritual gift” of raising prodigal children. I gave them the law, and my wife gave them grace, and love, but I was the chief accuser/law-giver, not the chief confessor. Our kids were in church every Sunday, Sunday School, VBS, youth group, Christian day school, you name it. I was too self-deceived about my pride, to be the chief confessor, to attempt to reach their consciences instead of focusing on their external behavior. Glenn, I did the very-best job I knew how to do, I just didn’t know how to do, because of self-deception. I think self-deception about the extent of our pride, is THE biggest problem in the Church today, and the reason the doors of local churches everywhere are not being beaten down by seculars wanting to get in. They don’t want what we have, because we’re no more humble and loving than they. Maybe worse. In any event, the big need as I see it, is an awakening — an outpouring of Jesus’ Spirit in our day on us CHRISTIANS, so we begin to be compelling to seculars, and our prodigal kids and families. So many Christian parents I know, grieve the spiritual condition of their adult kids. Paaaainful. 🙁

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