Terrifying Peace

Thursday, 03 May 2007

I'm not a fan of any images of our incarnate Lord, but I have sometimes wondered why there are no Good Friday cards at the mall. It would be jarring but intriguing to see Christmas cards with a cross as well as a manger.
In the name of peace, the world brings terror on earth. In the name of justice, the baby in the manger brings peace on earth. It should not be surprising to us that we continue to think in worldly ways about this matter. Eight centuries before Christ, King Ahaz, refusing to trust the prophet's promise that YHWH would protect Judah from Assyria's ominous encroachments, took matters into his own hands and signed an alliance with Assyria. Rather than keep covenant with Judah's only Sovereign, Ahaz turned to Assyria, a nation that God then used to bring ...

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