Today is the day in Canada when we pause to remember all those who have given their lives in war for the sake of our country. Millions of young men and women have paid the ultimate price in the cause of preserving freedom and ending oppression. Even as you are reading this, there are countless numbers of people who are dying because they are caught in some sort of conflict. Will this ever end? Thankfully, the Gospel of God’s Kingdom points to a time when wars will cease
In last week’s post I discussed the fact that chaos dominates our world. Because that is true, our world is broken. It is sick on every level imaginable. Relationships of all kinds are in a state of decline and decay. Just look at what is going on in relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and employees, governments and citizens. Disease continues to run rampant (Ebola, anyone?). Crime and poverty seem to be beyond resolve regardless what laws or programs we put in place. Economies are unstable, causing a general sense of unrest. And the list goes on…and on…and on… Jesus Christ came as Healer and brought something to the table that makes a real difference in the midst of all the pain.
Chaos dominates our world. Everywhere we look there is turmoil. One nation oppresses another. Economies rise and fall like the waves of the sea. The weather seems completely out of control. Governments are deadlocked over policies. One generation cannot see eye-to-eye with another. Families split apart. Children are pulled back and fort between parents, causing them to live in a state of complete confusion. Church leaders crash and burn on almost a weekly basis. Instability seems to abound on every level of life. Where does all this chaos come from?