9th June 10:17
Peace attained and peace maintained (faith church clear office time)
For the week of May 29, 2005
A DAY FOR REMEMBERING
Peace attained and peace maintained
To Read: Exodus 13-15
".eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3)
".until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the
Son of God" (Eph. 4:13)
At seven I was barely old enough to remember the greatest generation coming
home from fighting World War II. As for the baby boomer generation, I was
plenty old enough to remember how the war in Vietnam tore us apart. The
greatest generation was agreed in its love of country. Internal divisions
ended at the ocean's edge. We enjoyed a united front until the weekend John
Kennedy fell in Dallas. Today the baby boomer generation is in power and a
divisive spirit plagues us. This divisive spirit infects many that hold high
office. Despite the catastrophic nature of the threat we face as a nation,
politicians exploit our country's woes for personal advancement.
Four facts make clear our present plight. First, upwards of 4,000 people
died on September 11th and if Osama bin Laden has his way it will be
millions the next time. Saddam Hussein sponsored the terrorist training camp
Salman Pak located fif**** miles south of Baghdad where we found a practice
passenger jet. Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi beheaded Nicolas Berg to further divide
us as a people. Sadly, the terrorists are succeeding.
The king of the kingdom of God is at war with human evils. D- Day for Jesus
Christ was the day he suffered, bled, and died for the sin of the world.
Ever since, those who follow him have been engaged in a mop-up operation. We
who believe in the name of the Lord are obliged to fight to maintain the
unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace. Evil wins its victory when
Christians divide. If we are to be a united church it will be because we
attain to the unity of the faith. The peace of the church is no
sentimentality. Peace is attained by knowing Christ. Peace is maintained by
submitting to Christ in the power of his Spirit.
Father, help heal our divisions as your people.