Today’s broadcast is about peace, both world and inner.
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That is what I want to talk about today; achieving world peace any peace– It is all just an allusion or a real Possibility?
Back in 1969 John Lennon released a song called, “Give Peace a Chance”, if was in response to the turmoil that was caused by opposition to the Vietnam War. However, that was not the first or only time folks called for peace or hoped for world peace. In fact, it seemed that a significant number of people in the 20th and 21st centuries called, hoped for, or prayed for world peace. Sadly, those dreams and prayers have so far gone unanswered and according to the Imperial War Museum, as of 2018 the estimate total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century exceeds 187 million. There is so much dissension, anger, and lust for power that it seems unlikely that we shall ever achieve world peace.
Just because it seems like an impossible dream, does not mean we should not keep trying. As Christians and believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are called upon to continue working for this goal. We find written in Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” What is a peacemaker? Is a peacemaker the person who negotiates treaties between nations? Is a peacemaker each and every one of us who treat others with respect, who understand there are differences between peoples that need to be celebrated. How about people who have the power of the ballot who use their voice to unite people rather that divide them; are they not also peacemakers?
Before Jesus departed from the planet, He offered a word of comfort to his disciples, concerning internal peace. He said 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. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” If Christians had been able to maintain that peaceful feeling, maybe we could have already achieved world peace. However, humans do have free will and as long as we are in charge, world peace is an elusive goal. It is something we long for, and eventually it will happened.
We read in the prophecy in Micah 4:3 “And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.” This does occur once Jesus comes back to the world and redeems us for the last time; so we do have that promise, of a bright future.
Until then all we can do is keep on trying to mediate between all the conflicting values and beliefs we encounter and continue to spread the word of God and testify about Jesus.
Remember when we encounter others, let’s try to bring a little peace into their lives, let’s also pray that the Holy Spirit will enter into us and give us the wisdom we need to be able to play peacemaker. Peace y’all
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