I’ve been thinking a lot about the sanctity of all people.
Each one of us is made in the image of God surely means that human life is sacred. I’ve been reflecting on how evangelism starts with that premise, that if every person is valuable and made by God, for God, with a longing from God for restored relationship, and they carry the fingerprints of God all over them, then my engagement with them needs to be a holy one.
The biblical mandate for evangelism starts with: ‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’ Genesis 1.27
Then this morning I read an article about guns which jarred and stabbed (excuse the mixed metaphors) at my belief of this sacredness. The Guardian reported:
‘About 12bn bullets are produced every year, almost enough to kill every person on the planet – twice.’
This got me thinking and longing for the time soon when Jesus will return and all weapons will be made into farming equipment and used for peace. This Second Coming of Jesus will be a judgement which will restore and redeem the fallenes of this world and make all things new including restoring the sacredness of human life.
- And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.—Isaiah 2:4
- Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.—Joel 3:10
- And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.—Micah 4:3
The article from the Guardian can be found by clicking here.
I am perplexed that it may appear that much of the murder and genocide of Christians in the Middle East has happened through the guns made by the U.S.A: The Guardian reports that in July 2014, a US government report found 43% of the serial numbers of 474,823 weapons given to the Afghan national army by the US Department of Defense could not be accounted for or had been duplicated. In Iraq, the Pentagon lost track of about 190,000 rifles and pistols given to the Iraqi security forces. And this year, US officials claimed the Pentagon was unable to account for more than $500m in military aid to Yemen. What happened to all of these guns is unknown. But ammunition magazines “identical to those given to Afghan government forces by the US” have been found on dead Taliban fighters, and US-made firearms have been captured from Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria.
Come Lord Jesus soon.
Come and make all things right.
Come Prince of peace and restore.
Come and make all things new.
In Jesus name, amen
Maranatha means the Lord is coming!