Peace, Love and Understanding?

The Prince of Peace reportedly talked a lot about peace and that He was/is/shall be The Way from Whom it came and comes. But He also said (I heard some of you thinking over your Bible knowledge just then:)) “The Son of man did not come to bring peace but a sword”. Yet, He said both. He is both.

There is a time for force- but love that is unchosen, non-voluntary, forced -is fake love. It’s not love at all. Please stay with me a bit as I unpack in this post.

We can go over a mountain of reasons why we don’t relate to nor want to “Go Tell It on The Mountain” because it messes with our personal view of life, our ability to play god ourselves. I am talking about self-identifying Christians and indeed, pre-believers/unbelievers in this…

Peace, love and understanding just left town if you really believe all centers around you and your own sense of security -full stop.

In that mindset you’ve taken a self-destructive role yourself. You then join in with those things that trash the world because your view of the world confirms your own judgment toward those you dislike. When you play god, “judge of all the earth” and not peacemaker exactly what are you sowing?

Sow peace, reap it. Sow other than peace, reap that. Further, you can’t sow peace if you don’t have it. Jesus said “Blessed are the peace makers”. Is He talking about you or me? Are you known for your peace or for your “sword”? Patient, kind, gracious or impatient, harsh, earn-it-or-get-off-my-lawn sort of person?

I don’t usually quote Elvis Costello (nor Nick Lowe who wrote this) but when I do:

As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin’ for light in the darkness of insanity
I ask myself
Is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred, and misery?

And each time I feel like this inside,
There’s one thing I wanna know:
What’s so funny ’bout peace love & understanding? Ohhhh
What’s so funny ’bout peace love & understanding?

And as I walked on
Through troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony?

‘Cause each time I feel it slippin’ away, just makes me wanna cry.
What’s so funny ’bout peace love & understanding? Ohhhh
What’s so funny ’bout peace love & understanding?

2017 may have been great or horrific depending upon how your life and the lives of those you love are going spiritually, emotionally, physically and/or mentally not to mention finances, politics, and social media. I get that.

How to proceed?

Well the historical St. Nick reportedly brought gifts to the poor, accenting children -and the Good News of Jesus Christ… but some or all of this might be fake news right?

What you want from me and what I want from you may vary. We all know it’s much deeper than what is or ain’t under the tree.

We may be so divided we don’t want to even be around one another. And yet… yet… what might be best for my heart attitude -and yours… especially towards those we oppose, disagree with, maybe even feel like we’re “righteously”… uhhh… is “hating” too strong a word?

Ok, here’s another analogy and example. I love New England. Some folks hate it. I love NE for a lot of reasons though I’m a born-and-bred Midwesterner (dearly love the Midwest) and at times fully disagree with some of it’s people on some issues.

Wendi and I have traveled through that part of the U.S. many times and especially around Christmas it’s truly a magical place with hillsides full of snow-laden trees, every little village and house lit, electric candles in each small window. Holiday trimmings, cozy fireplaces in plenty of homes- Beautiful!

Are there things about New Englanders I don’t always like? Sure, same as Midwesterners… and people and customs and beliefs everywhere on earth.

Ok, let’s bring it home… what about family issues? Peace, love and understanding or “let’s get this over with so we can get home”? Grace, mercy, forgiveness? What about “Love is patient, love is kind” which seems to encourage peace, no? WHO gives me such ability? Not me in myself I can assure ya!

What’s so funny about peace love and understanding? Not a thing. Because the opposites of these are the world you and I help create if we don’t live in these, if they don’t walk in the door with us. In those moments they’re not part of our own internal, intentional approach we are not “instruments of Thy peace”.

Know what? God Seriously loves us ALL… and at the same time Seriously disagrees with us ALL re. our sin (what HE defines as sin, not what this or that group of people decide it is and not even if you and I decide there ain’t such a thang).

Ok, so if you aren’t a Christ-follower: dump the “Christmas myth”, right?

Got any myths of your own? All the keys to wisdom and knowledge on your key ring?

This “Babe in the manger stuff” may not be your cup of tea, but I can tell you after most of my lifetime of travel, study, discussions with a mega-wide swath of great and messed-up peeps throughout the world -and both world and church history, ain’t no lasting peace without Him.

May you seek and find the Babe Who came and remains unchangingly God in the flesh, born and crucified in our sick world, raised up from the grave and living in my life and the lives of millions. I fully admit and seek forgiveness for any of us who carry His name could be and at times are, jerks, wimps, ignorant and sometimes harsh, self-righteous and judgmental. Some. Sometimes.

About Jesus Himself?

He is exactly Who He claims to be and I have accumulated a lifetime of personal, profound proofs that He neither lies nor pretends.

May you risk genuine trust, faith in the Person and grace of the Savior Who is both Lord and Christ!

From my first Christmas walking with Him, shocking as it was in an amazingly good way- to this one my wish is that more people will make peace with God. That you dear reader will experience Him and with Him, a truly Merry Christmas.

As always, thanks for stopping by 🙂 -Glenn

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