Quote: Hauerwas on American Intervention

hauerwas-4…Christians are called to live nonviolently not because we believe nonviolence is a strategy to rid the world of war, but in a world of war as faithful followers of Christ we cannot imagine being anything other than nonviolent.

That doesn’t mean in any way that we withdraw from the world, but rather we want to serve our Christian and non-Christian brothers and sisters as much as possible by trying to find ways to live cooperatively in a manner that does not need to resort to violence.

To think however that we can give you a nonviolent foreign policy is just not going to be the case. Because we first of all don’t think about what we would do if we were president. We worry about how in the world as faithful followers of Christ we ever ended up being president! But that doesn’t mean we’re not trying to find ways for both Christians and non-Christians to live lives with as little violence as possible…war serves as the great liturgical event for Americans, where we sacrifice the youth of the present generation to show that the sacrifices of the youth of the past generations were worthy. So war becomes the great ritual moral renewal of the American society. – Stanley Hauerwas (Interview in The Atlantic – What Makes America so Prone to Intervention?)