As in the Bethlehem of Jesus time, the world in which we live is riddled with evil, injustice, oppression, and corruption. Many will use their power to destroy the voiceless and powerless. And will use their power to hold to themselves all the privilege and prosperity which they refuse to extend to others. In some cases the use of lethal force will be necessary to confront the injustice and oppression, to defend the voiceless and powerless. And sometimes lethal force will be used to defend the injustice and oppression.
But for most of us, most of the time in most situations, our calling will be to build bridges across the lines that have been drawn in order to offer peace and reconciliation for the future. That is the vision of the future planted in the hearts, minds, and imaginations of Jesus’ followers.
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