*Static* *Feedback* “Hello? Testing…”
The whole world is listening… I have two minutes, what do I say in two minutes? Translators are standing by for the people who do not understand English.
The beauty pageant answer is “world peace” but that is not helpful.
The health worker answer is wash your hands and drink clean water, but that is not going to change for those who do not have access to clean water.
The evangelist answer is that Jesus is the savior of the world, repent and turn to God, but faith is sprouted and grown out of relationship, and people need to know love before they can have trust.
So, what do I say?
Be good unto others as you would have them do unto you?
What is tearing this world apart? Is it war? We can see the way that war has torn families and nations apart.
But, what lies beneath it? How would one bring peace?
Peace be with you.
And the way to peace? How do we get there? Peace comes… through justice.
Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8).
Instead of cutting each other down, to make ourselves feel better, we should instead work to build each other up. Listen to each other without planning what to say next. Love those with you, and love your enemies.
The sermon on the mount made some sense.
But I only have two minutes.
Look after the little ones. Care for the sick.
See people. Especially the ones you have been ignoring.
Justice only comes when those who are oppressed have enough. We have enough in the world, but many of us squander it, and hoard it. Give it up. Live freely. Love freely. Be patient. And find peace.