I am thankful for the mechanism
that lifts anger off the rails of contention
and offers instead a calculus of peace.
Because it occurs to me
that the change in me
with respect to you
was modeled by Jesus Christ.
His equation for anger can be found
in the handbook for our self-obsessing culture—
a testable model for peace.
Because if we genuinely put our anger
next to Jesus Christ
it leads to forgiveness,
and no anger remains.
Absent anger, love can change the intractable,
and save the cost of cleaning up emotional fallout—
leaving energy for peace.
Because there is no peace in anger,
you and I desperately need
a Chi Rho to make it work—
and that’s why Christmas is so necessarily beautiful.
Constantine the Great, founder of “Christendom.”
Constantine awoke from his dream. Christ had appeared to him bearing the sign of a bent over cross. Earlier, Constantine had seen the same cross in a vision, with the inscription, “In this sign conquer”. Could this be the sign of victory he had been waiting for?
So the story goes…. it was the year 312, and this young Roman general was approaching the most pivotal battle in his life. Maxentius, a challenger to the imperial throne, had amassed an army to defeat Constantine. Constantine forged an alliance with another general, Licinius. But was this going to be enough to defeat Maxentius? Perhaps this sign from one of the gods was what he needed. Constantine ordered his troops to paint the sign of the cross on their shields. From there, Constantine won the Battle of Milvian Bridge, and the history of the world, along with the Christian faith, was forever changed.
It’s just not in our nature to accept losing. We hate to lose. But there are worse things that can happen. One of the pastors in the video below has a uniquely refreshing perspective on what really matters—and on being blessed for obedience.
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:1-6 (NIV)
Here’s a follow-up to our previous Chi Rho post. (Don’t miss the comments at the end.)
HT: John Yates