Thought For The Week 28 May 2019
Last year I had the privilege of participating in the Timaru civic celebrations of ANZAC Day.
War is a terrible thing. It is the polar opposite of the Christian ethic of loving your neighbour.
As the guest speaker said that day, we remember and commemorate the losses of war, so that we will never again venture down that path.
Unfortunately, that is easier said than done.
As we remember once more the horror of war in 2019, we are confronted with the horror of those who would incite war and hatred once more. The evil perpetrated in Christchurch a few short weeks ago was designed to incite hatred among human beings – the image bearers of the God of love. Do not let hatred take hold.
The unconscionable events in Sri Lanka over the Easter weekend were designed to provoke a response of violence in a world in need of healing. Do not let violence corrupt your soul.
The one example, the one hope, the one Lord that offers us true freedom offers us these words in times heightened global tensions: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:43-45
May the peace of Christ be with you.