Send in the peacemakers

tienanmentank-395In Tom Wright’s book ‘Simply Jesus’ he says,

‘The work of the kingdom, in fact, is summed up pretty well in those Beatitudes. When God wants to change the world, he doesn’t send in the tanks. He sends in the meek, the mourners, those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, the peacemakers, and so on’.

I think this is profoundly true, but I think we often miss it. The change brought about by the military strongman, or the CEO of a corporation, or the powerful president, is obvious for all to see. What we don’t see so obviously is the difference made day by day by the courageous acts of love performed by ten thousand ordinary, flawed, nervous, insecure human beings who  put one step in front of the other and do the things they think God is asking them to do, whether they think they’re going to work or not, just because they believe it’s what God wants of them.

Jesus doesn’t change the world from the top down. He changes it from the bottom up. In fact, he might not even bother with ‘up’. The bottom works just fine for him. Here’s what he has to say on the subject:

“You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45 NLT).

What do you think? Does God need to get the thrones on side to change the world, or can he do it with the poor in spirit?


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