Ghandi on Warfare

“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”
–Ghandi

At which stage will we rest? I think I want ‘victory stage’

4 thoughts on “Ghandi on Warfare”

  1. Where did you get the idea that we are supposed to “win” anything here? This is not our home and there is precious little here worth fighting for. It’s all temporal. The only things worth redeeming are those things of eternal value. Stick to your principles, by all means, but don’t expect to get a reward simply because you’re doing what you’re called to do anyway, eh?

  2. Greg you’ve got fire in the belly.

    There are many references to winning in the Christian life, and though Ghandi wasn’t a Christian… his words here have applications.

    Not all is temporal…. but I don’t have a gnostic view of those things that are. I am trying to get a handle on what your message is…. but I think you are going to have to clarify it a bit for me.

  3. Ouch. I did come on kind of strong there. didn’t I? What I should of said is that too much of what Christians “fight” for today is temporal: abortion rights, pornography, the Pledge of Allegiance, In God We Trust, prayer in school, Supreme Court judges, et al. These so-called “battles” are all reflections of our wayward hearts. I’d rather deal with the heart; I think that’s where the true healing lies. Everything else is superficial — simply putting bandaids on a gaping wound. I’m not interested.

  4. You are right-on in your emphasis, but is it a matter of sweeping aside the concerns about the issues? Again, that is a gnostic approach… that all of the temporal, or physical is somehow meaningless. It is the venue, Greg. And that makes it influential on the hearts and the environment that is either healthy for them or diseased.

    We can’t divorce ourselves from the issues of such things as abortion, etc… but we can’t think that our obsessed focus and disabled attempts to right things is accomplishing what needs to be done, either.

    You are right in what you say, you are calling for a balance, but it shouldn’t be a pendulum swing. We just need to anchor into God for the things we are attempting to do and do them God’s way. That is what I heard in your comments and your post.
    I need, we all need, to pay attention to that.

    But you gotten the gist of the solution. You’re right. The only solution is to deal with the wayward heart.

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