Leap Of Faith: Daily Lessons About Jesus Christ
Chapter: Peace in Truth (Pages 109-112)
Truth comes from God. God teaches peace through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the central theme throughout the Bible. Jesus came to be the example and to give His life for our sin in order that sacrifice and peace might be demonstrated.
The issues to be addressed in our modern-day world are those of injustice and insecurity. Anger as well as resentment are the outright cause for war, as well as irrational decision-making that is simply not the way of God.These principles have been so deeply embedded into the heart of our political system and fundamental economic system that the results have been detrimental to our survival as a people who seek to honor Christ.
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.said,“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is a nation approaching spiritual death” (Dr. Martin Luther King.net). I believe that as a country we have been warned about the risk of going to war and the consequences thereof. The result of war is more civilian casualties, the death of American men and women, and indirectly more instability and rebellious violence in a highly volatile Middle Eastern region. Regardless of whether the war is in Iraq, we will see more uprising of terrorist and rebellious acts of violence. The more force that we bring, the more conflict will arise. We are to be a protector and a guardian for ourselves foremost and the citizens of the United States. We are to uphold our commitments to our alliances but not to seek to invade or conquer countries out of selfish ambition to become the supreme authority. We are to demonstrate respect to all countries as the light of the world.
The Bible teaches us that we are to seek out peace. We are not to be the supreme aggressor in situations or conflict. The result of war leads to poverty, racism, hopelessness, and spiritual death. We are to uphold the idea of peace and war itself is a last resort.
We are to strive and seek out that every family in the United States has the opportunity to discover their own personal piece of the global economy. We, as a nation, are to be the light in the darkness. The light of the world does not promote acts of war. The light of the world is to be a shining example of what every country may accomplish by seeking out peace. The light of the world is to be the example of how each and every family may have their own vine and fig tree. How does a country achieve this goal? The simple fact is that it demands a restructuring of our entire system. We need to be upholding morality and value, as opposed to seeking out to conquer and to control other countries across the world.
Our country demands the right to freedom but upholds truth. Truth comes from the living Word of God. Our vine and fig tree are rewards that come from God by believing in His Son, Jesus Christ. When every family has a small piece of earth upon which to build a life, no one lives in fear. Fear arises from people in highly influential positions not taking action in helping to provide the resources for each family and to have the equal and ample opportunity to obtain their own personal patch of God’s creation.
Much of what we have seen over the course of time has been that those who have been very successful have attempted to control people rather than allowing equal opportunity for economic growth. The more jobs and opportunity there are, the better our economy is, and life as a whole. Our economy is to be driven by all peoples of all walks and races. Our job and our success is to help instill confidence and truth. Our job is to walk throughout the world as examples of how each man or woman who comes from little may achieve his or her dreams. Our goal is to allow each and every person to follow that dream.
The cost of war is where our debt is arising. Rather than spending millions of dollars in funding our military, we need to be creating programs that empower the millions of poverty-stricken families across the world. We need to address the issue of the lack of education for inner city youth who have been held in the prison of poverty for so long now. We need to seek to provide housing for women and children who have been forced to live in homeless shelters and for those who are going hungry. We are to be seeking to act as humble servants, and along with our success comes much responsibility. We are not only to be accountable to ourselves with our success, but we are more importantly accountable to those less fortunate. This type of mentality arises from biblical understanding.
From much of what I have seen over the course of my life, there has been this made-up talk about this antichrist figure that will claim to bring peace to the world. I want this to be clear: the beast in Revelation is the antichrist. The antichrist is not one man; it is a system of operation that simply does not retain biblical commandments. When we consider a savior, how do we imagine that savior? How will that person appear to us? The truth be told—this savior will tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. This savior will inform you of the truth that a country faces and what much of the world does not want to hear. Recall what Jesus did during His first coming. Jesus disrupted what man had created. Man had rejected God’s direction and out of greed, ignorance, selfishness, and immorality had become the opposite of what God had desired. Man was backward from what God had established in the beginning.
We are to be sowing seeds for justice and peace.
Jesus is here to teach us that we are no longer in bondage or prisoners. We are free, and we each have the right to obtain our own personal piece of God’s creation to build upon. We are to seek to build up and not to tear down. This is the truth behind Jesus. We are not to destroy; we are to empower.
“And it will come about in the last days that the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, and the peoples will stream to it. And many nations will come and say, “Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord and to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths. For from Zion will go forth the law, even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and render decisions for the 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. And each of them will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no one to make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken. Though all the peoples walk each in the name of his god, as for us, we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.”
Micah 4:1-5 (nasb) (emphasis added)