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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, August 06, 2002
    The real world revisited
     
    Following on yesterday's musings (if you haven't already, dear reader, you ought to see them first). 'The real world' is a phrase used often by those determined to enforce their own point of view or way of life on others. We're hearing it a lot right now, as the British military line up to support America in their latest bombing campaign against the people of Iraq.

    Opponents of this action offering nonviolent alternatives are told, 'you don't live in the real world'. These words are very like that other fatalistic litany, 'there is no alternative'.

    The challenge and the joy of the Christian faith is that there is always an alternative to such activities, and that when we search for it with the help of God, 'the real world' looks very different from the violent, doomed place it first appears.

    Jesus said 'I am the way, the truth and the life': following him is like taking directions from at a different kind of map, real nevertheless, where the landscape en-route consists of grace, peace and reconciliation.

    (Ahem - that's my article written for next month's Parish Magazine!!!)