I am sure I am not the only one who feels a little nervous when Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un makes an appearance on the news. Their posturing for position and “greatness” is incredibly disturbing and, I believe, totally at odds with what makes a truly good leader.
In their hands lays immense physical power and the ability to destroy the world. A truly sobering thought.
However, I was reflecting, is this really any different to situations the world has faced in the past? Some of my readers may remember the Cold War when Nato countries and the countries of the Warsaw Pact engaged in an Arms Race. Slightly more senior ones may remember the situation between Krushchev and Kennedy which led to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Those of you who enjoy your history, could probably trace things even further back!
I think, what makes the current world situation more disturbing, is the apparent “self-belief” that both of the parties have and their ego’s – that’s my opinion, seeing their characters on news broadcasts, not based on personal knowledge!
The sight of the poppy sellers recently, made me ask the question, “is peace really possible in our world?” In his book Love against hate Karl Menninger says;
The world war of today is a reflection of the multiple wars in the hearts of individuals
I believe he is right.
If, in my heart, there is conflict and unrest that will be reflected in the way that I live my life. The way I live my life has an effect on those around me and that can be either to their benefit or, their ill. Jesus once said;
You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds.
(Luke 6 vs. 43 – 45 The Message)
So what I must do, is ensure that what is in my heart and therefore seen in my life is right. The only way to do that, is to come before God and honestly seek Him and ask Him to renew us from the inside out. I have been praying with the Psalmist;
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139 vs. 23 – 24 NRSV)
I believe that if we do that, there is the beginning of our journey on the pathway of peace.
On the day I got married, a very wise friend shared with my wife and I a piece of poetical wisdom, I don’t know where it came from but, I often read and reflect on it and it says;
If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character
Beauty in two character brings harmony in the home.
Harmony in each home sees stability in the community and stable communities together, build order in the nation.
When we have order in each nation, then there will be peace in the world.