Have you ever heard the Michael Franti song, “Bomb the World?” Here’s one line that sticks out: “We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can’t bomb it into peace…Power to the Peaceful…”
When I was young, I heard that violence begets violence, war begets war, peace begets peace.
For Christians this concept was described in the Gospel of Matthew, "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said, "For all who draw the sword will die by the sword."
What was prophetic then and is now pathetic. For more presidents than I care to remember, war has been the shortcut for promoting an air of leadership. We have waged war, sacrificed our youth, and busted our budget.
Peace through strength is the best solution and I say let’s try it. Jesus had it right. Let’s be truly strong by putting the sword back in its place so that peace can beget peace, in our neighborhoods and across the planet.