Church leaders are employing their moral authority to persuade leaders in conflict stricken places to pursue peace.
Michael Roger Binyon is an English journalist and eminent foreign correspondent, known for serving as The Time’s Moscow Correspondent as well as reporting from Berlin, Washington and all over the Middle East. He is currently a leader writer for The Times and occasional arts and books critic. Seeing a manifested trend among the religious leaders of the world to intervene in conflict stricken places, Michael Binyon says: church leaders are now using their moral authority to persuade leaders in conflict situations to look again at proposals for peace
Michael Binyon explained: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s spontaneous trip to Pakistan came hard as he visited a small embattled Christian community and praised their efforts to forge closer links with the wider Muslim community, despite regular attacks by militants, the threats of mob violence and the increasing use of the notorious blasphemy laws to force Christians from their land and property.
Speaking about a further example of Christian leaders employing their influence for settling international disputes he mentioned Pope Francis’ efforts when President Peres of Israel and the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the Pope’s invitation to pray together with him in Rome, moreover the Archbishop of Canterbury made a remarkable flight to Nigeria to pray with President Goodluck Jonathan while persuading him to do his utmost to find the schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist organisation Boko Haram.
Two of the most prominent Christian leaders Pope Francis and Rev. Justin Welby both harbour outstanding agendas that place considerable emphasis on peace and reconciliation. They have been progressively more active in tackling conflicts that have challenged the efforts of the world’s political leaders to resolve. Michael Binyon while maintain that these Christian leaders are not taking on political roles are cautious of push their way into the grove of global diplomacy. He maintains: both have shown themselves skilled at using their huge moral authority to improve the political climate and persuade leaders in conflict situations to look again at proposals for peace.