A Harvest of Peace

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. James 3:18

Today is the UN International Day of Peace.  This excerpt from James, which continues on from the wisdom quote I used earlier in the week, seemed appropriate.

Sadly, I doubt that we’re likely to see the lion lay down with the lamb for even one day. “Righteousness”, in the sense used above, means for us to be in harmony with God/Theos. It means that we understand the interconnectedness that binds us all in the kind of compassionate, all-encompassing “love” that the ancient Greeks called agapé.

Our own inner peace, the author of James is saying, is found in our realization that we are all interdependent. And that realization spreads outward from us to others, until peace is the normal condition for all.

The human tendency to focus on our superficial differences instead of our fundamental commonality is what enables violence, oppression, and exploitation, whether of individuals, groups, or the world around us.

Traditional Christians think of the “pure wisdom” that James’ author writes about as coming from somewhere outside of us, from the Zeus-god of our literalist ancestors.

In reality, that wisdom is within us, flowing from the immanent presence of Theos.

All we need to do is give it voice.

When we do, every day will be a day of peace.

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