“And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war” (Isaiah 2:4).
At the earliest stages, we begin learning the nuances and subtleties of living at war with others—us and them, winners and losers, the haves and the have nots, who belongs and who doesn’t, who to hate or, at least, hold in suspicion—and how to maintain those lines of distinction. Whether it’s the lingering and wary stares, disparaging comments, the cutting words of diminishment, sowing seeds of discord behind the scenes, posturing for self-promotion and the illusion of importance, all are intended to separate, divide, and perpetuate conflict. With so much to remember and put into practice, it’s little wonder there is enough time to go to church and worship the God who offers a peace that passes all understanding.