Unificationism Has Nothing To Do With Peace
Much of proselytizing plea as a young Moonie was built on the hope for world peace, a desire that any human being could connect with to some degree. I knew the three great blessings would lead our world into the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and finally establish world peace, and I knew we recruited a bunch of non-members for conferences on world peace, and I knew Rev. Moon spoke a whole lot about peace. I thought I belonged to a religion completely consumed by and rooted in peace.
I remember I was only called out once on the vagueness of this ideal, as I fundraised for a ‘program that raises youth leaders for the sake of world peace’. The potential glass angel-buyer replied, “And how would you guys create world peace?” I never had that asked, and I had no idea. I went on a spiel on interreligious service projects and was annoyed at how unimpressed the potential customer looked. Thankfully, she still bought the 10 cent angel for $15.
Over the years, as I became more acquainted with the stories of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and the peace churches of Christianity, as well as the narrative of Jesus Christ, I have also become more and more aware of how Unificationism has little to do with peace. The only attempts to creating ‘peace’ was for the sake of promoting the Divine Principle and extending Moon’s influence. It was never really for the sake of peace, nor were there ever attempts at radically creating peace, or abolishing the systematic hindrances to peace.
How can we claim to be a tradition related to Jesus Christ, who forbade violence in every circumstance and was the perfect example of a peace-maker, as he laid his down completely and through his death confronted an empire and religious authorities with their violent and fearful ways, as well as inspire thousands to revoke their alliance to Caesar and commit themselves to a greater kingdom? This way of peace, where power is found in weakness, where love is committed even unto death, is not even an idea in Unificationism.
Moon supported bloody regimes and sided with those who recklessly waged wars. The Jesus-like peacemaking is seen as ‘New Testament age’ and inferior, but it is so much more radical than Moon’s way. Moon’s distorted Augustinian, ‘just war’ view of peacemaking is nothing new and is one of the many reasons Moonie endeavors were ineffective. Peace was only a slogan; bait for the idealistic and hurting.
Moon’s Universal Peace Federation offer some short-term mission projects and some feel-good conferences where people of different colors and faiths temporarily pretend to enjoy each other. And Hyun Jin’s ‘Global Peace Festival’ has not much more to offer. Plus, HJ is a Republican, and we all know how those folks are with peace. You see, Unificationism has nothing to do with peace, and it never will.