Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Can a leopard change its spots...

The wholly discounted Christmas experience of shopping centres was full throttle today. Car parks were packed & jammed to a halt, a hive of convergence. Live stream credit cards & cash on their annual migration path…And so this is Christmas, it’s beginning to look a lot like consumerism.

At a time of reflection over the year it’s no surprise that people would be opting for a peace-ism of sorts. All we are saying is give peace a chance? But actions speak louder than words. Best we form a committee to work out what peace is & how it can be achieved. See you in a millennium or so…

We could also cast our eye at the Saviour born in a manger…a little ‘bed in’ if you will’, a sign from on high that God really is making peace a reality. Not in the form of a rock star with a denim jacket or a professional person in slacks or a suit. God is not asking us to imagine there is no heaven. He is telling us there truly is one, the red tooth & claw will be no more.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears,  but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. Infants will play near the hole of the cobra; young children will put their hands into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:3-9

For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.Rom 8:20-21.


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