Violence

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What has violence ever accomplished?

The word violence brings to mind struggle, injury, war, attempting to establish an agenda by force.
But what has violence ever accomplished?
Wars have been fought since the beginning of time but has the violence of war eliminated war?
Violence has been used to tear down and establish kingdoms and nation’s only to see the cycle repeat itself again and again
The violence of war that divided a nation over one hundred years ago set in motion events that would free an entire people from the yoke of slavery and oppression.
But it would take another hundred years for free to become equal a mission not yet delivered in full.
And still that war goes on growing  increasingly violent.
And some believe that violence is the solution to our problems. But the war that is fought for the hearts of women and men can never be won by violence. From then until now…
Jesus said –
“from John the Baptist until now violent men seek to take the Kingdom of God by force.”
But the kingdom Jesus came to establish would not be built on war and violence but instead on
Love
Respect
Honor
Justice
Freedom
Hope, Redemption.
And these cannot be established through force.
Scripture tells us
“though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
– 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
Violence only leads to more violence, it is never a solution.
And like the ancient law of Moses that identified sin but offered no solution, violence identifies the conflict but does little to bring resolution.
As surely as violence can never inhabit the Kingdom of heaven, it can never bring about the change in hearts that is needed to love, to honor, to respect, to view all as equal, created in the image of God.
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About messagefromthefield

“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. I believe everyone has a story to tell and more than we know, we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement a time of great unrest and change. The dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that would lead me as Bilbo Bagging in the Hobbit wrote “there and back again” ( ironically the Hobbit was published on September 21st 1937 the same day as my birthday although not the same year). On that October day in 1978 when I was miraculously and wonderfully saved it would naturally follow that I would take that love of music and use it to serve the One who created music. But that is a story for another time. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story ends and the story that goes on forever begins! I love these words that will keep me going through good days and bad, ever headed to that place where the Spirit and the Bride even today says "Come". And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.... and the promise for all who follow Him " I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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