In short: PRAY.
That said…is prayer enough? Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a sermon on 2 Corinthians 12:9,
"Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness and pride of power and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear rather than too much. Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now. Christian should take a stronger stand in favor of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong."
He wrote this nearly eighty five years ago, yet it speaks loudly to the church today. We must begin with prayer, however, we must stand, as Bonhoeffer insists, against the incredible scandal of violence in what we like to believe is a civil society. Recent events have been anything but civil. Our stand against violence could begin by observing the #StepOutForBaltimore this Sunday and using the Litany for Peace http://www.demdsynod.org/…/0/3/24034994/litany_for_peace.pdf from the Delaware Maryland Synod ELCA website. Then what do we do?
When we met in assembly last year we passed a resolution to work for peace in the Holy Land, could we work to bring peace here as well? I have been in conversation with some in Western Iowa who carry a passion for this work, and I am looking for others who would be willing to develop our (the church of Western Iowa) proactive move to make our teachings clear, before they are simply a response. I can see us forming a Peace Network that could provide resources, or access to resources, for congregations and agencies of the church, and do some Holy Dreaming about what God would have us do. Let me know if you feel the heart string tug to join me.