15th October 2016

Do We Really Need Re-enactments of Battles?

“…and the way of peace they do not know.”
Romans 3:17 (NIV)

October 14 marked the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings. My nephew enjoys being a part of his local re-enactment society. He studies the armour of the period, the topography of battle sites, actual battle strategies and the intricacies of armaments. He and his friends take great care in achieving accuracy in battledress and weaponry—no-one could criticise their dedication and enthusiasm for the subject.

As one who is passionate about history, I find re-enactment activities tiresome – sorry favourite nephew. If you disagree, of course you have that right, but answer me this question: Why are re-enactment societies so keen on re-creating battles, yet to my knowledge have never re-created a peace treaty anywhere? The answer is found in Isaiah 59:8 “The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks along them will know peace.”

Another question: is there not enough bloodshed and war on this planet that we need to play war games?   In Proverbs 1:16 humanity is described thus “for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.” I accept that enthusiasts of Re-enactment Societies do not ‘rush into evil’ – it is mankind generally that does not know the way of peace. And before we judge the Re-enactment Societies too swiftly we also need to consider the number of violent forms of entertainment we enjoy, television, film, books, video games etc.

Mankind needs a referee—someone who will teach us the way of peace. Now for the good news: He is coming! This is what is going to happen to the armaments so cherished by man today – those ‘priceless pistols’ and those ‘superb swords’ – they are all going to become agricultural implements! Isaiah 2:4 foretells that “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”

At last the world will know peace. The Apostle Paul gives a beautiful blessing to the people of Thessaloniki in 2 Thessalonians 3:16, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” This is my prayer for this blood-soaked world.

Great loving God, thank you for saving us from ourselves. You, Jesus, have made it possible. Come Prince of Peace!

Study by Irene Wilson


2015-01-24 Irene Wilson & Joy Barlow prepare brunchAbout the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

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