On the Possibility of Global Shalom….

On the Possibility of Global Shalom….

Peace is Life. Those who find it will have life and flourish.

However, is world peace possible in this present age, in which global terrorism, violations of human rights, child slavery, victims of rape and sexual abuse, wars, rumors of wars, and other forms of violence, human degradation, and oppression have become global phenomena?

Can the people of Syria and Afghanistan, and the victims of rape from the hands of U.N. soldiers in Haiti confidently and honestly say:

“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame”–Romans 5:3-4

 

In the midst of our despair and discontentment, we have to train ourselves to think about the possibility and promise of global peace and healing. God is not impressed by your “head knowlege theology” about him or your academic acumen. He delights in you & is praised when you honor him fully with your mind & heart, ❤ and use what you know about God and human nature to foster forgiveness, peace, unity, reconciliation, and human flourishing in your community and in the world.

A Gentle call to prayer for this broken world

A Gentle call to prayer for this broken world:

Pray for peace; pray for friendship; pray for reconciliation; pray for the love of Christ to shine in our hearts; pray for Jesus to be exalted among the nations and peoples; pray for those who are hurting at the moment; pray for those who are unable to make sense of their suffering and pain; pray for justice and against injustice; and pray for the reign of God to come on earth and his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. As Paul prays to the God who provides comfort and consolation to us in the midst of life’s troubles, let us pray in this manner:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Cor 1:3-5)