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‘For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility’ – (Ephesians 2:14).

‘Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,’ US President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly.

‘Rocket man’, aka North Korean President Kim Jong-un, was not slow to hit back, labelling Trump a ‘dotard’ and calling him ‘mentally deranged’.

We might smile at the Punch and Judy show were the consequences not so
deadly serious. We know that these two men not only share a penchant for
inflammatory rhetoric but both have unimaginably destructive weapons at their disposal.

Christ calls us to take a different direction. It is costly to follow him. But it opens up the way to reconciliation, peace and hope. Whether in personal and family life or in international affairs, we need to hear the call of Christ.

We might find ourselves in a minority but that minority could be the one that makes the difference.

At a previous time of high international tension, Martin Luther King Jr remarked: ‘Our planet teeters on the brink of atomic annihilation; dangerous passions of pride, hatred and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; truth lies prostrate on the rugged hills of nameless calvaries; and people do reverence before false gods of nationalism and materialism. The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.’

Rev Kenneth Ross,
Parish Minister, Netherlorn.