Whose job is it?

29 11 2010

The Old Testament text for this past Sunday (first Sunday of Advent) was Isaiah 2:1-5. Verse 4 is one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible…. Isaiah prophesies about a future kingdom… “He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

Disputes settled. (international and national?)

Swords into plowshares

Swords beat into plowshares.

Spears beat into pruning hooks.

Nations not at war… not even training for war. Wow. What a dream.

Obviously we’re far off from that dream. We could wait around for someone else to do the work. We could complain about those who, in our opinions, aren’t doing a good job of bringing about this dream. We could also sit and wait for Christ’s return, so the kingdom would come about through Christ.

But maybe, just maybe, we need to become the peacemakers. Maybe we need to be transforming our communication styles, our actions, our mindsets and our attitudes…. And be the ones who work together toward the world we’d like to live in.



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