I’ve been reading Winston Churchill’s The Second World War. I’m still in 1935 so don’t tell me how it ends. Just kidding, of course.
Churchill calls WW2 the “unnecessary war.” He says that as late as 1934 the war still could have been avoided without bloodshed. All it would have taken was the victors of the First World War setting down their proverbial foot regarding the rearming of Germany.
Looking back makes one look at today. We live in a very dangerous world where the weapons are much more deadly than in the 1930s and where a global economy and communications system have made the distances that separate countries now irrelevant.
There is so much to be learned from past mistakes, but these also are unique times. We believers do not see history merely repeating itself; we see it moving to a determined end.
So how do we live today in a dangerous world? We surely want no more unnecessary wars or other unnecessary suffering. I think we simply seek to be Christ in our circumstances. Christ surely relieved suffering, both spiritual and physical, during his life in the flesh.
Christians who are raised to leadership in the world have a special opportunity to bring to bear on this world the mind of Christ, and let’s surely pray for them. But all of us have enumerable opportunities to bring Christ into this world.
The Prince of Peace seeks to reign in a warring world, whether on the world political stage or on our smaller personal stages. There are many unnecessary wars being waged, and some of them are in our homes and in our churches. And like a shooting war, those home and church wars leave wounds, scars and hurts that can last a lifetime. Christmas points us to something much different, much better.