Pogo Was Right

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Treaties, internatioal accords, political negotiations depend on war and/or the threat of way, while toying with the illusions of peace. Is it true that peace can only happen when generated by peaceable folk like you and me?

Isaiah 62:6-12          6 Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest, 7 and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth. 8 The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the  wine for which you have labored; 9 but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the Lord, and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy court. 10 Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples. 11 The Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, “See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” 12 They shall be called, “The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord”; and you shall be called, “Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.” (NRSV)

[Scripture quotation from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

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Dialoguing with Isaiah 62:6-12

Jerusalem — foundation for peace…

divided city

Jews

Arabs

Christians

Armenians

bone of contention on the world scene

for centuries

Would that world history could pause

political debate cease

with citizens committed to peace

coming together to plan

a peaceable future

grounded in a peaceable now.

The problem is not Jerusalem

As the great 20th century philosopher

Pogo, reminded us

“We have met the enemy

and he is us.”

Because we are divided within,

unwilling to acknowledge our shadow

projecting our inner fears

outward onto others

because we have not brought

peace into ourselves

because we choose

violence as a way to

resolve critical issues

because we value winning

more than

integrity or

justice…

we are not at peace

within ourselves

with others or

among the nations of the world

Isaiah’s vision of peace

is not about unity

among the nations of the world;

instead the prophet

invites, calls, nudges, insists

the people to an inner spirit

of holiness

of justice

of vision

of peace

God’s people will be

‘the city not forsaken’

the locus of peace

NO! not the contentiousness

of belligerent religious groups

jockeying for position

in the midst of a society

which has no favor to give them…

NO! not the endless theo-political debates

about abortion

gay rights

science

climate change

prosperity gospel

The city not forsaken,

the foundation of peace

will be anywhere

the homeless are given shelter

the hungry are fed

the marginalized are given the freedom

to invent their futures

the poor are given a just chance

all people are engaged according to their true capacity

rather than the bias of the powerful.

A pipe dream?

A fanciful dream?

The rantings of a lunatic?

Perhaps!

But, perchance

… maybe the deepest desire of humankind

… for all one knows, a potentiality waiting

for a tipping point

… conceivably the foundational design of the creation, God willing,

an embryonic and evolving dynamic

in the hearts and minds

  of world leaders and

common folk like you and me.

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