World on Fire

I was watching the news this morning (9/12).  Egypt and Libya, Egypt and Libya, political response and more political response.  What in the world is going on?  From a biblical and historical perspective the question is:  Why are the children of Abraham still at each other’s throats?

I have a wish list like many of you.  It includes a wish for a world at peace.

I wish that all people would come to know the love and grace of God.  I wish that all countries would give up at least their WMDs.  I wish that we could respect the sanctity of human life and stop senseless killing and homicide bombing.  I wish that we would think of others before we think of ourselves.  I wish for a world at peace.  I wish my wishes would come true.  But that is all they are…wishes.  Because we are a broken creation that continues to perpetuate brokenness we will continue to oppress others and kill people who were also created in God’s image.  It is the greatest of tragedies and worse it is perpetrated around the world in the name of God.  Secretary of State Clinton in her address this morning said:  “…let me be clear, there is no justification, none, for violence like this.  It is no way to honor religion or faith and as long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of God, the world will never know a true and lasting peace.”

Humanly speaking and as a citizen of this great country, the gut response is to let violence beget violence.  We have the skill, machinery, and tactical expertise to take over almost any country – especially countries like Lybia and Egypt.  But what would that accomplish besides the shedding of blood.  Unfortunately, a passive response will not keep citizens of this country safe either.  We cannot allow religious extremist at home or abroad to scare us into isolationism…we are too “glocal” an economy to make it on our own.  The answer lies somewhere in between and will have to be developed by people who are much smarter than me.

But as a local church of God and a people who follow the Son, Jesus, I think our response should be this:  first that we pray for the family of our fallen ambassador and his fellow co-workers – they will need the peace and comfort of God to be with them during this time of tragedy and mourning.  Second we need to pray that God’s kingdom come to earth as it is in heaven and that it come quickly.  I believe that the only way our violent brokenness will be resolved will be through the return of Jesus Christ…so come quickly Lord Jesus!  Finally, we need to be a peaceful people.  Our challenge is to be the presence of Christ in this world until His glorious return.

We are a creation that is endowed by our creator with the faculties to manifest a lasting peace for all of humanity.  Unfortunately we lack the collective will to make it happen; our broken hearts bind us in hate and ideology.  What God created us for we cannot achieve or sustain.  So Lord, in your infinite mercy and wisdom, help us we pray!  That is my wish and my prayer for today, tomorrow, and the many days yet to come.

May God watch over you and keep you in His love and grace!  Blessings for the journey.

About Jim Hoffman

Pastor, teacher, leader, novice blogger, wanna be author and Christian conversationalist. Passionate about environmental architecture - creating spaces where people can foster new or growing relationships with each other and God. Currently leads a faith community on Ward Parkway in Kansas City and happily married to Margaret. Blessed with four adult children and two grandsons.
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