War and Peace

  I hope you had a great Independence Day weekend. July 4th is a special day in the life of our great nation.

  It has been 233 years since the founding fathers set pen to parchment and produced the Declaration of Independence. In a bold move against Great Britain, the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, proclaimed the independence of the original 13 colonies.

  One of the greatest novels ever written was the massive book, “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy.  It is a fictional, but realistic, story against the historical background of the invasion of Russia by Napoleon Bonaparte.  No matter, its brilliance or its length, it is a story of human struggle in the midst of war.
We know something about war.  Everyday, more American soldiers are being killed.

  William Tecumseh Sherman in his march to the sea, while Atlanta, Georgia was burned on November 15, 1864 said, “War Is Hell.”  Someone has disputed that this statement was first made by Sherman.  It is said that Robert E. Lee was the first to make this statement.  The South had won several battles, his officers and men were elated.  They were feeling invincible.  As the story goes, General Lee then said to them, “War is Hell. We never should grow fond of it.”  No matter who said it, it is horribly true.

  We should know the origin of war.  In the book of James, 4th chapter, verse 1, this question is asked “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”  KJV 
Every war is a dramatization of man’s inner war, the externalization of his inner conflicts.  War is simply the expression of evil desires within man.

  We should know the origin of peace.  We desire peace, but how badly do we want it?  Do we want it badly enough, to go to war?  Peace is war–war against those hostile, aggressive, evil desires within us.  No reconstructed society can be built on unreconstructed individuals. People who are inwardly tormented and emotionally unhappy can never be good partners with God in bringing peace on earth.  Peace has to come from within.  A peace made possible by man being reconciled to God, through Jesus Christ.  The greatest single influence for peace, in any spot on the globe, is the Gospel of the Prince of Peace.

  I have used this illustration before but it is so appropriate here. “Put The Man Together Right”
A little girl was bothering her daddy while he was trying to read the book, “One World” by Wendell Wilkie.
The father saw, in this paper back book, a picture of the map of the world. He tore it out and cut it into little pieces like a puzzle.  Then, he gave the pieces to his daughter asking her to go off at the side and put the puzzle together.  He thought, this would occupy her a good while, so he could read.  But, to his surprise, in just a short time the little girl was back with the map of the world put together.  He asked her, “How did you put the world together right and so quickly?”  She said, “On the back of the map of the world was a picture of a man and when I put the man together right, the world came out all right.”  

  May we know that only can our world be bathed in peace, when humanity is put together right as God intended.  He sent Jesus into our world to show us how life was meant to be lived.  “He came to be like us, so we could become like Him.”  How are you doing with becoming Christlike?

One Response to “War and Peace”

  1. Thanks, Max. Thank you for your devotion to Christ and Thank You for setting an example for all of us. Janet and I both miss you.

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