Peace Protest Pros and Cons: Should Your Church Get Involved
Are you a church leader or even just a member of your congregation that believes in doing good throughout the community as well as the world? If you are, you may be currently unhappy with the state of the world, particularly with a focus on foreign affairs. The war in Iraq is an issue that many church groups and religions, possibly your own, wish that they could solve. Unfortunately, this is often a lot easier said than done.
Since many religious leaders and church congregations are unable to stop wars from occurring in the world, as well as be unable to bring home all American troops, many have decided to take steps that they can do back home. One of those steps often involves holding a peace rally or a peace protest. These rallies and protests are rapidly increasing in popularity and they are regularly spreading across the country. Many have claimed that peace rallies and protests are successful, while others claim that they are simply a waste of time and money. To determine if a church organized peace rally is right for you and your community, you will want to continue reading on.
One of the many advantages or pros to having a peace rally in your community is the support that you will likely see. Church members are likely not the only individuals in your community who are opposed to war, especially wars on foreign soils. That is just one of the many reasons why peace rallies are increasing in popularity, as the supporters of peace continue to get larger in size each and every day
Although there is a good chance that you will have a large number of supporters in your community, supporters who also want a peaceful resolution to the war that will brings troops home, you need to proceed with caution. With death and war related injuries always occurring, you may have a family in your community who has been directly impacted by the overseas war. In this instance, it is still possible for you to have a protest or rally calling for peace, but it is important that you do so in a matter that those impacted by war will not take offense too.
Speaking of taking offense, it is also important to remember the main focus of peace. Peace involves a clam and peaceful resolution to war, without any more bloodshed. With that in mind, you hope that everyone, from all sides, is able to develop a peaceful resolution. Although those who host peace rallies and protests calling for peace often do not support war, many still support our American troops. To see a larger following, especially from the community, you will want to make this fact a known one at each of your peace rallies or protests calling for peace.
Should you decide to have a protest or a rally calling for a peaceful resolution to war or a number of them in your local community, it is advised that you carefully follow all local, state, and federal laws. Unfortunately, many individuals who are staging protests and rallies do not even know that they have crossed or are about to cross a line. Since your church’s reputation is on the line, as well as its public perception, it is extremely important that you choose to handle protests and rallies in calm and professional matters.