Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27.)
Small sample headlines of today:
- Putin news conference: Relations with US ‘can’t be worse’
- Detroit recount reveals more votes than voters
- Vladimir Putin responds to Trump’s nukes tweet, jabs at Democrats
- Obamacare Has Its Biggest Day as Republicans Promise Repeal
The list goes on and on: Homelessness, Foreign Affairs, the Economy, the Environment, Racism, Bigotry, World Peace, etc. What is to be done? Where do we look for answers?
How painful it sometimes is to have the wrong answer. How much more painful then to be the wrong answer. (Rasmussen, Dennis, The Lord’s Question, pg.8.)
The world would say the answers are to be found in politicians, lawyers, judges, media outlets and social media. But what solutions do they offer? Do they bring us any closer to peace “not as the world giveth” or security that “let[s] not your heart be troubled?”
If not here, then where do we find the brotherhood of man? Is it not discovered in the little Babe of Bethlehem?
To realize the brotherhood of man, it is necessary to recognize the Fatherhood of God and to accept the leadership of Jesus Christ. (Barker, James, Apostasy from the Divine Church, pg. 3.)
Christ came not to offer a political solution, but rather preached an individualized message of love:
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:36-40.)
All the law? Yes! Everything hangs on us loving God and loving our neighbor. It is found in each of us.
Can it really be this simple? Would following these commandments really stop all the bickering and division? Would it solve all the issues of the day? Search your heart for the answer:
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. (Mark 12:32-33.)