May 27, 2010
According to most philosophers, God in making the world enslaved it. According to Christianity, in making it, He set it free. God had written not so much a poem, but rather a play; a play he had planned as perfect, but which had necessarily been left to human actors and stage managers, who had since made a great mess of it.
G. K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy
This weekend is a holiday weekend- Memorial Day. On this holiday, we remember those who have given their lives in wars of our time as well as those before ours. Remembering such a sacrifice is sobering, for it reminds us to be grateful, to avoid taking for granted what cost others so dearly.
But Memorial Day also reminds us of the reality-the ongoing reality- of war and suffering, of the evil that we as human beings are capable of. I saw a commercial the other day for an extended DVD series on World War 2 and Vietnam, etc. Now, I can appreciate the value of learning from history, but I also felt a great sadness and weariness at the seemingly endless capacity of human beings to destroy one another. We haven’t yet, left to ourselves, figured out a way to live at peace with other humans on this planet. And not just wars and physical violence, either. Think of the anger, tension, and conflict in many homes, in so many relationships. Pretty discouraging.
Until, once more, I remember. I remember that we are part of God’s greater story, and He is not done writing it- along with us. And there will come a day when we do live in peace and wholeness, under the loving reign of King Jesus. And we also remember that even now, even today, we can enter in with Jesus to cooperate with Him to live in peace, wholeness and joy.
And that is a great thing to remember.