As we go throughout history, war after war has rocked the face of our world.
Today there are wars and skirmishes here there and everywhere it seems. I will resist the urge today to deal with the daftness of all the political implications of our current international chaos, apart from making it clear if you didn’t already know; it is a big mess! No one seems to have good ideas—the EU on the one hand wants to open the doors to those who are fleeing their countries due to war and poverty, yet on the other hand the borders are being closed because there is no process in place to house, feed, clothe, provide medical care or the other necessities of life once these estimated 800 thousand arrive this year.
There is a fear of those coming in the lives of those already living here, yet a generosity that makes no sense in our current secular focused environment. It is interesting how Christian charity is still a core value in an anti-theistic world view that holds to a Darwinian view of origin which says ‘Survival of the fittest’.
This should therefore say; close the border and let the weak and unable die. But we find a plea for Christian compassion for those that appear to have no Christian faith and making a case that we should welcome these religious people into a secular society. All this caused by the chaos of wars and poverty around our planet.
In 1965, Thomas Merton called war and massive violence; “the number one problem of our time.” In Peace and Protest he wrote: “The human race today is like an alcoholic who knows that drink will destroy him and yet always has ‘good reasons’ why he must continue drinking.” So the addiction to war seems unending still today.
We have wars at the international level, disagreements on the national level with the chaos of politics, ethnic divides, economic class envy in which the bottom moans against those better off and those at the top moaning about those trying to get their stuff.
We have community level disagreements. We have inter-personal disagreements. This leads to personal relationships getting messed up, leading to over whelming internal personal chaos almost too heavy to bear as we try to sort our lives out and digest what is or isn’t wrong in how we live and think. In this chaos all we want is a bit of peace and tranquillity. An answer to “why can’t we just get along?”
An excerpt of Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,… Against such there is no law.”
The challenge is we are all desperate for this “PEACE” at all levels from the international to the very personal and it appears to be the illusive factor for way too many folk in our world today. We feel helpless to change the world scene, but maybe we can find it personally at some level. So I will leave us to ponder the words of Jesus in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
The corollary thought is; “Know Jesus, Know Peace! No Jesus, No Peace!”
Oh if everyone could grasp this Prince of Peace,
Rev. Jon Bergen
Brechin Baptist Fellowship