F O U N D A T I O N S 14 13 We uphold the way of nonviolent love and uncondi- tional forgiveness. This is not a pacifism of detachment or cowardice. Jesus calls us to be ambassadors of peace, even at the risk of death or dishonor. Opposing war is only the first step; we seek to build up a life that removes the occasion for war by overcoming its root causes: injustice, hatred, and greed. We want to use our lives to advance the peaceable kingdom foretold by the prophets, which will transform not only individuals but also all human society and the whole of nature: The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Justice and the Works of Mercy 14 To work for God’s peaceable kingdom means to strive for his justice. What does this justice demand of us? It demands that we put love of God and love of neighbor into practice. 15 Love of neighbor means a life wholly dedicated to service. This is the opposite of all selfish pursuits, including a focus on one’s personal salvation. We Matt 6:14–15 Heb 10:32–39 Jas 3:13—4:12 Mic 4:1–5 Is 65:17–25; Hos 2:18 Is 11:6, 9 Matt 6:33; Is 42:1–4 Is 58; Mic 6:6–8 1 Jn 4:19–21 Luke 10:25–37 John 13:12–17; Gal 5:13 Gal 6:9–10 1 Cor 13:1–3