The world is, by and large, more “at peace” now than it’s ever been in its history. That would be hard to believe if you only ever watched the 24 hour news channels. And if you listened to populist politicians, you’d hear a pretty much steady stream of reasons to “be afraid, be very afraid” of evil forces lurking just outside the flickering light of our campfires, waiting for an opportunity to drag us away and eat us up.
But there’s propaganda … and then there’s reality.
The world is, by and large, more “at peace” now than it’s ever been in its history.
This isn’t because we’ve adopted “Christian” doctrine or dogma (or that of any other religion). Indeed, we could easily make a case for religion being one of the greatest drivers of persecution and oppression in human culture.
But there’s religion … and then there’s faith.
The Message of the Christ isn’t about “religion.” Nor is it about “belief.”
It’s about action. It’s about social justice. It’s about addressing the reasons for war and violence.
It’s a message that we are, if ever so slowly, accepting.
May “the Lord” give us the strength to continue to live and to propagate that message.
May we, through our actions, continue to move the world toward the day when it is blessed with universal peace.
May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace! Psalm 29:11