Monday, July 10, 2006

War & Peace

"There never was a good war or a bad peace." -Benjamin Franklin

I read this proclamation, and many others in his own hand, last month at the Library of Congress. (A fabulous exhibit: "Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words".) At the time, it seemed to ring true. Having in mind the tangled political affairs of this world, I chimed amen and went on my way.

Yesterday's sermon on Ephesians 6:11-18 invited me back to the drawing board, though.

"For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly [supernatural] sphere.
...Pray at all times [on every occasion, in every season] in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints [God's consecrated people]."
(Ephesians 6:12,18) The Amplified Bible

Lest I grow complacent while sipping iced tea in a shaded hammock, I ponder these words afresh. They demand a response on my part; one that rocks my pleasure boat. An unseen kingdom, a supernatural enemy, wrestling, keeping alert, having purpose: something is going on around here! Those on the Christian bandwagon know what I'm talking about.

With apologies to Mr. Franklin, I've known both a bad peace and a good war. And without trying to sound too hawkish, I'll take the good war (over the other) anytime.

Onward, Christian Soldier!


Blogger Darlene Sinclair said...

Amen! Take it from one who has made a bad peace with the enemy and also is seeking to rout him out, some wars are good and needed and some peace shouldn't be.
Imagine that, coming from peace-loving Christians!

10:02 PM  
Anonymous brietta said...

Wait--you mean you're not a pacifist?


(Good thoughts. You've got me thinking about areas in my life I've made a bad peace... about people--including myself--of whom I've said, "This is as good as it gets," in certain areas. Thanks for stirring me up!)

7:11 AM  

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