Warring for our own gain

By Scott Linscott

In the 9th century AD, while searching for recipes for immortality, the Chinese discovered gun powder. Over the next 600 years it changed mankind’s methods of madness from burning, impaling and crushing his enemies to blowing them up and tearing them apart.

In the ancient city of Acre, Israel, I walked through the Templar Crusader Tunnels. On display are two canons from Napoleanic times. I stopped to consider them.

Men war for riches. Men war for power. Men war for personal honor and men war for retribution. Men war for an earthly kingdom often in the name of a heavenly kingdom. Men war for love and men war for hate. And today, all that is left of these past wars is dusty rock excavations and rusty canons.

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God.”

Jesus said, “love your enemies” and “love your neighbor” and “love one another.”

Walking through mankind’s earthly kingdom ruins, whether 3000 years old or 24 hours old, I pray our eyes will be opened to the beauty of His kingdom so that we can set aside these empty ruins.

When I look into the face of my enemy, I see my brother, created in God’s image, yet warring against this world for personal gain, just like me.

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