Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, in the manger in the town of Bethlehem, the prophet Isaiah received a message of God to share with the Israelites in exile in Babylon of their deliverance and restoration as a people and nation. Isaiah saw in the prophecy the deliverer of an everlasting peace.
Now more than ever, I think we need deliverance. We need to step away from the divisive political rhetoric. We need to be much more aware of the consequences of our words, actions, and attitudes with each other and with foreign countries and foreign peoples. We need to cut our arrogance and self-centeredness. We need to be peace makers and not war mongers. We need to stop with the saber-rattling and posturing and boasting. We have been so quick to make enemies we forget how to make friends and allies. We look for the negative in each other and forget there is something positive in each of us. We allow fear and suspicion to dictate our relationships. We allow distrust to cripple our capacity to show compassion.
Cooler heads need to prevail. We need to start taking stock of who we really are and what are common values are. We need to get past the political parties and get beyond the things that divide us and start concentrating on looking out for each other, looking out for our communities and neighborhoods. We need to restore our relationships with each other and with our Creator who put us here on this fragile Earth that is in need of our better stewardship.
We are not taking care of ourselves or each other and we sure as heck seem incapable of taking care of our planet! We need to start making peace. We need to get past the fear propaganda and myths and negative stereotypes and the noise from the 24 hour news stations and go out and see each other face-to-face, eye-to-eye and get to what is real and not fake or phony. We need to learn about each other and realize, deep down, there is more to all of us that is similar than different. We might have different belief systems and different preferences and different faiths or political ideas– but deep down we all just want to get along and live in peace and respect each other and build something meaningful with our lives.
Christ came to us as a bridge builder and peace maker. We can thank God He has come to us to show us a better way. Now we must start to walk the path again and follow His lead. Because right now, we seem to be going in dangerous circles.