Closing Madonna’s 12 minute song and dance extravaganza at the Super Bowl halftime show, the football field lit up with inspiring lights spelling “World Peace.” Everyone cheered, both for Madonna and her line up of colorful guests, and for the bonding across the stadium dome – World Peace! Yay!
Anytime I hear or see those words, I know the intention is zeroed straight to governments forming policy and dictators thrusting power. We want a change in the world. The lowliest pleads to the loftiest to make this planet a better place to live – a peaceful place. We’re frightened and strained from all the wars and unrest. Everyone looks for The Answer, but it’s not found in the loftiest of earthly powers. It never has been, and it never will (although Revelation speaks of one who will try).
When Mother Teresa received her Nobel Prize, someone asked her, “What can we do to promote world peace?” She replied, “Go home and love your family.” It really starts with the lowliest of us all.
My husband often speaks of this – change has to start with “Me.” The transformation that only Christ can alter. When we grasp the love and forgiveness that the Father bestows on us, then we extend it to others – our spouses, children, and extended family. The change continues as we love members of our church family unconditionally and yes, even our coworkers! Before we know it, our neighborhoods and communities are changed. And the peace that forgiveness brings can only expand from there.
Sorry, Madonna, I’m a realist. On this side of Glory, world peace is a lofty ideal. I am, however, responsible for the peace in my own sphere of the world.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32.