Jesus the Diplomat

diplomacyDiplomacy itself is often scorned.  The words of Jesus  are thought to be impractical except when applied to personal relationships. Even in those circumstances many who call themselves Christian believers consider the teachings of Jesus to be impractical. Suggest that the words of Jesus can be a practical guide for diplomats, politicians and soldiers, and be laughed at. But the Old Fool is used to being laughed at.

do what he saysAs I write, the “talking heads” on TV are reporting events in the Ukraine. How would Jesus promote peace in that part of the world?  Not with military power. I believe Jesus would say that if the people of Crimea want to be a part of Russia, and if Russia wants control of Crimea,  the Ukrainians should let them have what they want. But someone asks, what about the non-Russian minority in Crimea who prefer to be a part of  the Ukraine? What would Jesus say to them?  The Old Fool thinks Jesus would tell everyone  to love their neighbors and do good to them, and thus promote peace.

lightThis Old Fool contends that the words  of Jesus are the most practical words ever spoken.  Believing  in such things as the virgin birth and the miracles of Jesus may be beneficial, but  Christians, politicians, diplomats, and the common people of the world neglect his way and his words at the peril of neighborly peace.  His way of life is the light of the world and the savor of the earth’s salt.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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