I have noted, several times in my recent posts, that peace between nations and states does not come because “Christian peace activists” intervene to lead warriors, whether dictators or religious militants, to lay down their swords. I have been reflecting for the past three days on the tragic death this week of activist American Tom Fox, a Quaker. Cal Thomas has also been thinking about this death and makes the same point in his syndicated column today. Thomas writes that Fox’s death is actually “doubly tragic.” Not only was an innocent person, who was sincerely seeking to do good, murdered by Muslim terrorists but “the likelihood that the presence of Fox and his colleagues would change the attitude or behavior of their captors was zero to none.” It is to this second tragedy that I speak.
These American and European peace activists should be credited for their fervent desire to do good. They believe in their cause very sincerely. Their motives are not in question, at least to my mind. However, their understanding of the nature of human evil and of sin is highly questionable. Cal Thomas writes,"