Hope: Tools of Peace Rather than War

PlowshareRegularly we read of the consequences of war. Families wait for word on the welfare of their loved ones. Children are born while fathers are away. Parents, spouses and children grieve the wounding and/or death of a loved one. Many in our church, like other communities of faith, know many who serve in the military half a world away.

Hope seems to hinge on the old idiom, "No news is good news." In the end, that does not seem like enduring hope. Enter the prophet Isaiah.

In a world where the gods were thought to dwell on the mountains the prophet notes the LORD will establish himself on the highest mountain. Rather than be a Sovereign who provokes people to war with other human beings, the prophet notes that one day, a wonderful day, will come when tools used in war will be made new into tools for cultivation. Instead of ripping relationships apart, these tools will cultivate a new creation.

Advent surely signals for we who live on this side of Jesus’ first coming a hopefulness in the fulfillment of the picture the prophet paints. Yet, rather than view this as exclusively intended for the future, we may underscore the way new creation people could work to bring about a new creation world one relationship at a time. We could work in our world in ways that helps and hopes to thwart the denigration of the image of God in others by promoting the cultivation of new creation relationships that would be a signal, sign, foretaste of what will one day be.

Hope.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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