Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #184 Swords into Plows http://www.dennymeyer
In the debate the other night there was that zinger I read about (I did not watch) -” we also have fewer horses and bayonets.” That reminded me of how Isaiah put a similar thought, “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” This is everyone’s dream – peace. When I taught middle school kids in a youth group during the early seventy’s I had them each say a prayer at the end of class. They each prayed for the end of the Viet Nam war. It should have ended in 1971 based on all those prayers. How many more mothers and fathers have prayed for their sons and daughters to come home safely from conflicts in the middle east? We all want peace but humans are not all that peaceful based on history. I don’t know how many ships we need or how many bayonets are necessary (the Marines still use them). I do know we all should pray for peace – work for peace – and teach our children peaceful ways to settle disputes. I know we need more civility in our own nation. There is much too much violence and hostility around us.
We change the world by being weak as a nation or as individuals. Strength is a good thing on the world stage. This has always been one of those sticky areas for Christians. People will read this blog in different ways. Does he support Obama – does he want to see Romney elected? The answer is I will support and pray for whoever is president and I will hope that they will be a man of peace first and foremost. Violence must be the last resort. The old cliche, war is politics by other means, is a flawed concept. We are a fallen humanity but that is not an excuse to use violence with impunity.