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Friday
Jan222016

Prayer and group action

The world and its seemingly random terror needs some clear thinking. Giving into the temptation to respond with fear or anger works against the effort to keep the light of hope burning for humanity. Each of us has an essential part to play in dampening emotion and buttressing peace and intelligence. And working together, we can be especially powerful.

The recent refugee crisis in Europe has shown graphically how people who are as humanly powerless as individuals can get, when banded together, can become a powerful force for change, either for good or evil. You and I are needed to help steer mass thought in the right direction, in Europe and elsewhere. This can only be done through prayer, because the only reliable director of mass thought is the supreme and infinite intelligence, God.

Recently I came across an interesting new effort led by a couple of young German men from Berlin, Vincent-Immanuel Herr and Martin Speer, to help create a dynamic, cohesive Europe. They are building a group of young people from different countries in the European Union who see, and want to help meet, a fourfold need in their region: clearer (more critical) thinking, less fear, more self-confidence and more cohesiveness. “Who if not us?” is the title of their call to action. They intend to create a “think-and-do-tank” to help the process along. Herr and Speer understand that it’s not a change of governments or politicians that is needed in Europe so much as a change of thinking, starting with clarity, fearlessness, confidence and singleness of mind.

Is it fair to say that, looking beyond Europe, there is already a spiritual “think-and-do tank” in the individuals who pray with understanding about terrorism and other problems and strive to adopt the peace, intelligence and love of God in their lives? I have met some of these people. They pray for a clear sense of God and Christ, and they believe that Christly government is real, powerful and possible for all humanity. In the words of the Bible, they believe – and strive to prove in every aspect of their lives – that “unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

What does it mean to have government on the shoulder of Christ? It can’t mean just a strong government. Nazi Germany was strong. It can’t mean just a wealthy government. ISIS is rich. It can’t mean just a feared government. North Korea is feared. It has to mean having a government, whether of a nation, an individual or the world, that demonstrates the qualities of Christ, helping humanity become less fearful and more hopeful, less resentful and more compassionate, less selfish and more generous. We can only get there through living – and supporting those in government who demonstrate to the highest degree possible – Christly qualities. There are no shortcuts to heaven, individually or collectively.

 

 

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Really helpful! Thank you Keith!

February 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGail M

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