July 2, 2017
Matthew 10:40-42
Romans 6:12-23
Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13

Prophets for Peace
Proper 8 | OT 13 | Pentecost 4

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Frank Ramirez
"Prophets For Peace" by Frank Ramirez

Prophets For Peace
by Frank Ramirez
Jeremiah 28:5-9

As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet (Jeremiah 28:9)."

The prophet Jeremiah may have been a little skeptical when he spoke these words about a prophet who prophesies peace, for as he said earlier in the passage, the default setting for prophesy involves war, famine, and pestilence. Nevertheless, he suggests that if the words of the peace prophets come true then the Lord has truly sent them.

Ralph and Mary Smeltzer, husband and wife, were both prophets whose lives helped to bring about the peace they yearned for. Ralph was an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, a denomination that, with the Mennonites and Friends, is one of the three historic peace churches. The pair met in college and came to live in Southern California.

In addition to being a minister, Ralph was a teacher in a public school system. During the spring before the Pearl Harbor attacks Smeltzer registered for the draft as a conscientious objector. After war broke out between the United States and Japan the Los Angeles school district demoted him from a long-term substitute teacher to strictly short-term assignments. When they were investigated by the FBI their landlords, neighbors and past employers all agreed they were loyal to the United States.

That year, 1942, the Smeltzers included a note with their tax returns.

We protest the use of this for war purposes. We feel it is a privilege to contribute to the support of our democracy, the U.S.A. We do not believe in the method of War in solving its problems. Consequently -- we strongly disapprove and protest the use of any of this money for war purposes.... >>Click here for the full installment.

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