In sum, settling for false peace means covering up the divisions that prevent peace, while fighting for true peace means addressing these divisions and taking sides with those who experience injustice. Not settling for false peace is a New Year's Resolution that may seem hard and even harsh at first, especially for those of us raised in religious communities, but it is one of the few resolutions that might be sustainable because it is ultimately liberating. Refusing to settle for false peace becomes easier and more natural the more we embrace it, because it lifts some of our heaviest burdens. Perhaps this is the deeper meaning of one of Jesus' more puzzling sayings: "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life" (Matthew 19:29).
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