The Baptist World Alliance is encouraging its member conventions and unions, churches and Baptist individuals to learn the “ten practices of ‘just peacemaking'” and “to incorporate them … in our congregations and institutions.”
It seems strange that Christians today often ignore the importance of pursuing peace. I’m thankful the largest and most important world Baptist body is seeking to change that situation. You can see details on the 10 practices of just peacemaking on the initiative’s website.
Here’s some of the news release from BWA:
“In a resolution passed during its Annual Gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 4-9, the BWA also urged governments to pursue the ten practices ‘in their leadership, policies and actions.’
“The ‘just peacemaking’ formula was developed by scholars led by Glen Stassen, a Baptist and professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. The peace plan includes support for nonviolent action; cooperative conflict resolution; the promotion of human rights, religious liberty and democracy; economic development that is just and sustainable; a reduction in offensive weapons and weapons trade; the support of grassroots peacemaking groups and voluntary associations; and the strengthening of the United Nations and other international organizations.
“The BWA recalled Jesus’ cry over Jerusalem in Luke 19:42, when he bewailed ignorance of ‘those things that make for peace.’ We, the BWA said, “envision Jesus weeping over many cities and nations of our world because we do not know those things that make for peace.”