I freely confess that the following outline is a work in progress. I simply want to share the framework and rationale of why praying through history is pertinent to me. Everyone who names the name of Jesus is called to be a minister of reconciliation, and this is just one man’s attempt to practice.
I. There are specific “moments of separation” in human history. Our perceptions lead to thoughts that overlook or take offense. I will call these “thought-judgments”.
For example, the Seljuk Turks attack and overcome the city of Jerusalem.
II. Action-based judgments at the moment of the offense.
- Jews to Seljuks, Jews to all Turks, Jews of Jerusalem towards any outsider.
- Seljuks to Jerusalem’s Jews, Seljuks to all Jews, Seljuk’s towards all enemies.
III. Future judgments are formed based on memory and perception; bitter root judgments are formed.
- Transference on a cultural scale.
- Perpetuation of a past offense.
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