“Don’t think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn’t come to send peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter in law against her mother in law. A man’s foes will be those of his own household.” (Matthew 10:34 36 WEB)
Over the years I’ve visited many countries that experienced the ravages of war. This opened doors to homes and offices where I could sit and chat about God, the world and why I was there. This led to a personal revelation which I think can turn the tide of world peace. All the unrest, the discontent and fighting can be resolved with the proper application of furniture. Yes, I wrote furniture.
Just think, when our furniture is uncomfortable we go outside and commiserate with other uncomfortable people. In the United States we experienced one divisive war. Contrary to most history books it wasn’t over slavery, taxes or philosophical differences. It was because a group of guys were forced outside due to the lack of a La-Z-Boy. Standing around the streets, feeling miserable, they started talking.
“Life is lousy,” said one guy as he rubbed his hindquarters to relieve the pain of a wooden bench.
“Yeah, something needs to be done,” retorted another guy twitching his shoulders awakened from a restless nap on a short rope bed.
“What can we do?” asked the third guy trying to remove the crick from his neck which was caused when he attempted to stretch out on a log couch.
“It must be those guys in the north,” claimed the first guy as he scrunched his face into an angry frown.
“Hey, I’m from the north,” responded the second guy. “It isn’t my fault you’re miserable.”
“It must be,” interjected guy number three, “why else would all those northerners move to Florida? They brought the lousy life with them!”
All the while none of them recognized the common factor in their misery, uncomfortable furniture. So, the arguments continued, war broke out, and fighting started.
Since then we have learned how to make a comfortable reclining lounge chair. They have been sold across the nation and internal wars have ceased. Guys are no longer forced to wander the streets because they can’t find a comfortable chair at home. The reclining, cushioned, swivel chair with sole access to the remote control has solved our internal discontent and brought peace to millions of homes.
Just think what this revelation could do for world peace. Ship billions of comfortable La-Z-Boy chairs to war torn countries and get all those guys back in their houses where they can relax. The evidence is obvious.
People all over the world are trying to enter the United States. You may think it is for political reasons or financial reasons. NOT! They want to experience the pure joy and relaxation of a comfortable Barco lounger. I have sampled chairs across Europe, Africa and Asia. There isn’t a comfortable one in the whole lot.
Christians clamor for world peace. Pastors preach about peace. Politicians and sociologist tell us if we are nice to one another we will establish peace around the globe. NOT!
Jesus tells us in Luke 12:51, “Do you think that I have come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.” (WEB) The Gospel message divides the world. People accept or reject God and His grace. If Jesus tells us the message of salvation divides why do we stand amazed at the world’s reaction?
Faith is the final ticket to real world peace. It is faith in Jesus redemption which brings rest to our souls. In Hebrews 4:9 we read, “There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” (WEB)
Furniture may relieve some of the world’s troubles but not all. While I don’t expect things to improve in the world I do look forward to that perfect rest, that perfect peace, that world of peace, when Jesus returns and God creates a new heaven and a new earth. Then, and only then, we will discover what it is like to live in a world of peace and see our Savior face to face.