Those men (and it was predominantly men, although there was many women also) who died or were wounded in that first great war of the last century gave their lives that the world might be a better place but the causes of that conflict were rooted not in some noble ideal but in the lust for power displayed by the European nations, Britain included, and the greed which constantly required being assuaged at the expense of those same European empires’.
The lust for power has not gone away. The Russian President has embarked on a very skilful game of diplomacy (sometimes of the gunboat type, as in the case of Crimea); The American President is rebuilding industrial might that America will dominate the world through economic power and many of our brothers and sisters want to put the great back into Great Britain because they lament the loss of all that prestige and power we once enjoyed. And all of this before we consider the nuclear threat of North Korea, the expansionist policies of the Israeli government, and the persecution that goes on around the world in various guises.
2000 years ago a man told people about a future kingdom in which the meek will inherit the earth, the poor would be blessed and the peacemakers would be known as the children of God. What happened to that vision of a future kingdom? It didn’t vanish – people still strive toward it but it is not easy nor will it come about every time the sin of nationalist pride is exercised. We belong to this wonderful nation we call Britain but we must never forget we also belong to the Kingdom of God, a community that lives that all humanity might know the peace of God in their living.
May God bless you and your families at this time.