THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
WAR AND PEACE
Outside the walls of the United Nations are these words from
Isaiah: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not
raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for
war again.” (Is 2:4b). A great ideal. But unfortunately
the UN has failed. Today there is much armed conflict in the
world. Even those nations that had been peaceful have been
turned into killing zones. Plowshares have been turned into
swords and pruning hooks into spears.
has the UN failed? Because its mission is based entirely on
secular wisdom. Further, it has now almost totally abandoned
Judeo-Christian principles, as has many western nations, contrary
to the vision of their founding fathers. Still further, the
UN is now the oppressor, warring against the unborn children
and against faith and family, in its misguided efforts at
social action twinned with contraception, abortion and gender
equality (read: favoring sexual diversity and homosexuality).
what is the true peace of Christ? What did God intend for
the world He created?
need to have true wisdom, that comes from God and His word
in the Bible. For this to happen they need to have faith in
Jesus, and allow the Holy Spirit to instruct them in how to
live. “Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us
in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.” (Is 2:3b).
Who instructs us? It is Jesus through his Holy Spirit. In
turn the Holy Spirit works through the Church that Jesus established.
We must be docile to the Spirit and subject ourselves to the
Lord’s authority. The centurion understood this. “And
I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another,
‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do
this,’ and he does it.” (Mt 8:9b). Jesus sends
us to be peacemakers.
his servants, we are to heed Jesus commands. Jesus says, “Come
here,” and so we go to him. We encounter him in a personal
relationship. We experience him not only as Savior and Lord
but as a friend. We are to meet Christ and
to live Christ. Jesus says, “Go,”
and we go out on mission in the world. We live out what he
commissioned us to do, to proclaim the gospel throughout the
world. We are to share Christ. Jesus says,
“Do this.” We must realize that we are to be faithful
servants and committed soldiers, who only do what is the will
of God for our lives and for the life of the world.
How can we have true peace in the world? This is shalom,
when people are truly in right relationships with each other.
It is not just the absence of war. It is not stopping armed
conflict through a peace treaty. It is not having UN troops
maintaining “peace.” It can only happen in and
through Jesus Christ. It is when people’s minds and
hearts are transformed. It is when people truly love God and
love their neighbor. It is when people look to the well-being
of others and not just themselves. It is solidarity.
peace cannot be achieve by world leaders coming together at
the UN to talk about peace, when they are basically just concerned
about their own nation’s well-being and self-interest.
True peace comes when peoples and nations turn to God. It
is not to New York that they should go, but to the Lord’s
house. “The mountain of the Lord’s house shall
be established as the highest mountain and raised above the
hills. All nations shall stream toward it.” (Is 2:2).
does the world avoid war and have peace? “House of Jacob,
come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!” (Is 2:5).
Peoples and nations must turn to God. There we will find true
wisdom. “For from Zion shall go forth instruction”
(Is 2:3c). There we will find true justice. “He shall
judge between the nations, and set terms for many peoples.”
(Is 2:4a). There we will find salvation. “I say to you,
many will come from the east and the west, and will recline
with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom
of heaven.” (Mt 8:11). There we will find great joy.
“I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go to
the house of the Lord.’” (Ps 122:1).
we will find true peace. “For the sake of my brothers
and friends I say, ‘Peace be with you.’”