“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” (Micah 4:3, NIV 1984).
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. (Dwight D. Eisenhower, President, Commander-in-Chief, and Supreme Allied Commander (Western Europe) in WWII).
My Musings – Unfortunately, even nations that have no design on empire building continue to train for war, because there are other nations that train for war. Nations are unable to beat swords into plowshares, because there are other nations that continue to forge swords. Guns continue to be made, warships launched and rockets fired, consuming the sweat of laborers, the genius of scientists and the hopes of children. Many that are hungry go unfed and the many that are cold are not clothed.
Left to our own devices, this will continue and get worse with “wars and rumors or war,” until the true war to end all wars is upon us. Then Christ will return and there will be “peace on earth goodwill to man.“
My Advice – Until that time, until Armageddon, one person at a time, “if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18, NIV 1984).
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