The most attractive thing about mepeace when I first joined was the diversity of views and the low volume of hate language among members.
I don’t want that to change. But lately I found myself smiling less and raising my eyebrows more as I read through the daily discussions.
Tell me what you think. Should I run for my life, or just ignore them (the mepeace wars)?
My opinions about the Middle East are based in the unseen: In history and in G-d. I call Israel sacred.
I say this as opposed to other opinions that are based in the scientific (the seen). Israel is called “real-estate” and the religions within are simply viewed scientifically or politically.
If a person’s opinions about the peace process are based in the unseen (absolute truth about the unseen) does that make them “intolerant”?
Or does being intolerant of other PEOPLE with different views make a person intolerant?
(I think if we can call anyone an enemy to resolving conflict in the Middle East, it’s those with passionate beliefs who are violently hateful toward others who don’t share that belief.)
I am a New Covenant Jew (similar to Messianic) and like most honest people on this site, I know what I feel the map of Israel should look like and I can tell you why I feel it should look that way. (I wonder how many “un-drawn” maps there are among us)
Do I hate or disrespect anyone because they feel it should look another way or be called something else? NO.
Do I feel that all people within Israel’s boundaries should be treated equally? YES.
Would I be willing to redraw certain boundaries for PEACE? YES.
Do I spend personal time and money on peace efforts? YES.
Would I be willing to acknowledge other beliefs as “also true” (and in doing so half-deny my past spiritual experiences) for PEACE? NO.
(That’s where I seem to get in trouble...)
Can we consider it an act of partiality to dismiss fellow peacemakers if their reasoning includes the “unseen” and not only the “seen”?
I think so.
Fortunately, we all have the freedom to disagree on this site. And I am lucky. I’ve been disagreed with, but never disrespected. There are some incredible people here on mepeace who know how to stay strongly opinionated but still respectful.
But no matter what we may be disagreeing about, IT SHOULD BE PEACEMAKERS THAT CAN DISAGREE WHILE MAINTAINING RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER.