A Heart Broken Open: Jihad Via Stanley Hauerwas
And it is to an inner or greater jihad that we Christians too are called—to deepen our relationship with Christ who is our true peace.
[The] distinction between the two jihads [in normative Islamic theology] is a helpful one for Christians to explore. For Christians the greater and lesser jihads can be centered on the call to non-violence of the God of Shalom incarnated in Jesus Christ. The lesser jihad is indeed the struggle for peace and justice in the world, witnessing to the call of God running through the Bible for Shalom, for Jubilee, for social transformation in favour of the poor and the oppressed and against violence, but it is rooted in the greater jihad: the struggle with the forces of violence and hatred that reside in our hearts...
Stanley Hauerwas says: 'You never know where the violence is in your own life. To say you're non-violent is not some position of self-righteousness—you kill and I don't. It's rather to make your life available to others in a way that they can help you discover ways you're implicated in violence that you hadn't even noticed.'
Ray Gaston, A Heart Broken Open, pp. 37-38