Where is the peace in Colombia? Shalom in risk on a thorny field!

Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called sons of God.

Matt. 5:9.

Peace, a word that inspires me joy, and challenge me to affirm shalom in a thorny field. As shalom, peace is the core of my theological convictions, as it is my personal horizon in our present world.

The gospels’ teaching and my experience of life in Latin American involved me, in the past and today, to pursue shalom in my personal life and mission.

The gospels show peace as a daily practice to build relations based on justice, and spiritual fulfillment; inspiring, while teaching, that present status-quo use to be based on cruelty and violence. Gospel teaches us the deep difference between the empire of pax and the reign of shalom.

Rome empire sustained his hegemony with violence; seeds of cruelty, domination and fear, oppression and slavery were sown in the midst of the “plantation” of their law & order to impose  the “Romanization” in all the world; particularly in Palestine, in time of Jesus. By involving high class, and religious leaders, violence was masked with diplomacy, imposing negotiations with “mutual” political and economic advantages, and empowering Palestinian elites with positions and privileges to perpetuate the law and order of Rome, the pax,  including its violent model of domination, the submission of the colonies; taxations to all productive activity of artisans, commerce, fishing, and farming; the repression and punishment with army and judicial powers; the presence of army bases in foreign lands; and finally, the adoration to the emperor as “kyrios” (“a god,” over any other “god” on the earth.) It touched lands, people, minds, souls. Any people’s reaction was punished with cruelty and crucifixion, la pax-Romana.

The bias of people born in that field grew up embodying the logic of violence; assuming it as a “natural” and “normal” way to be human, leaders, and governors. Christianity uses to confront this human-deformational program, were a circus, gladiators, death, and crucifixion were entertainment “culture,” and that anti-life logic was the thorny field for the gospel.

No one escape from that structural model of violence which used touched lands (eco-systems), people’s minds and souls, and social structures. It was no easy to escape healthy from that powerful structural plan of human deformation. All human relationship was mediated by violence germs. Political, military, and religious fields were impregnated with violence and derived items as are arrogance, and pride. Christianity confronts that practices as a sin.  San Augustine claimed that sin is the practice of superbia, means arrogance and pride.

A Roman citizen in politic, in the military, was a pride, an arrogant, a violent person, a superbus, a “super-being.” (If this looks familiar to someone it is no accidentally) Roman soldier means “super-being” over others that the early church actively re-processed that teaching with educating believers for shalom, and to assume ontologically the humane of Jesus Christ, the prince of shalom, the peacemaker, born again with the spirit of shalom. (John 3: 1ss; Matt. 6:)

During more than a half of century Colombians appeared they embodied the deformational power of violence structurally, and individually. Looks like violence became a business issue that enriches few groups which “industry” of kill for money, and power, and pride, but pushing peace out to perpetuate The Violence of Colombia, the great business.

Where is shalom in Colombia? Could the agreement of peace make arise and restore the spirit of peace to all the people, and strength the education of peace to build peace on the land?

My dream is to see Colombia raising the banner of integral life, building peace brick by brick, with patience, hope, and love, to prepare the field for shalom, to celebrate the jubilee in the land of Jorge Eliecer Gaitan. (Dt.  25; Matt. 5: 38-48)

Addemdum: http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/10/03/opinion/1475515757_441155.html

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Where is the peace in Colombia? Shalom in risk on a thorny field!

  1. It is certainly tragic how violence became socially and structurally imparted into the lives of the early Palestinians during the Roman conquest. We have seen from the past and are we are still seeing today how violence continues to play out past the morals and values of its people. I feel that the only way to reconcile our souls to shalom is to surrender our external desires to God. I pray in God’s peace that shalom will prevail .

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    1. The double moral is rooted in the practice of promoting democracy while simultaneously develop weapons in businesses with cartels, governments, and rebelds, as a practice of dominion. It is immoral to play both democracy and violence confronting brothers and sisters of the same nations justified in opinions. It is criminal. Foreign policies must be respect own countries conflicts, and let them find their own destiny, soberanly. Mediation for dialogue is ok, but no interventionism.
      Peace is also a fruit of dialogues, no impositions by forces; that is Pax Romana.

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    2. It’s also disconcerting how the Bible has been hijacked in such a way to justify such violence. If we are to use the hermeneutic of shalom, that has to be directly addressed and countered. Thank you for uplifting the violence in our world that is sometimes simply accepted or acknowledged as an impossible reality. Your call to lean into shalom is a starting place.

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  2. Tito, Thank you for this passionate and poetic post. I think the United States is no different from Colombia in needing shalom in a thorny field. I appreciate your mention that the Gospels show peace as a daily practice of building relationships on justice and the spirit. Too often we say we’ll be peaceful once others stop making trouble instead of starting with ourselves. In Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh says that in the midst of this crazy, violent, thorny field, “we need people who can sit still and be able to smile, who can walk peacefully. We need people like that in order to save us.” He says the key to world peace is inner peace, and at the very least, it’s a good place to start.

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    1. Thank you for your deep comment and solidarity for building peace in a world, where violence is a business producing multi-millionaire earning for making people to kill people. Peace must be a plan of teaching-learning, dialogically. So we need to train people for building shalom, in our daily journal.
      Tito.

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  3. Thank you lifting up the situation in Colombia. When violence becomes a way of life it becomes ingrained in the overall fabric of the society. They know no other way to be. I fear as much for the children of Aleppo growing up in a world where all they see is bombing and destruction with no help to save them. What do we expect from the children of the world if we do not rescue them from these violent, oppressive conditions.

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