The press and blogosphere has lit up with speculation on the Egyptian Revolution’s aftermath — and (guess what) opinions diverge. Many have finally noticed Gene Sharp, who wrote a manual on tyranny’s peaceful overthrow. They’re late. Serbian dissidents under the Otpor! banner studied him while toppling Slobodan Milosevic. Otpor! members subsequently formed the Center for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), a veritable go-to consulting firm for ridding nations of their toxic despots. Incidentally, the exclamation mark is part of Otpor!’s formal name.
I don’t want to say I told you so (translate: “I am delighted to bray, ‘I told you so …’”), but Sharp studied Martin Luther King and Gandhi, who studied … Jesus (Gandhi was a non-Christian admirer). Those pesky principles from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7; see also Luke 6:17-49) yank the rug out from cruelty, both in our souls and society. Research shows they yield better results than taking up arms. Dan Buttry elaborates in Christian Peacemaking: From Heritage to Hope.
Wow. The moral high ground is actually more practical. Something to think about.
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