The World is Flat
by Keith Vierbicky
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The World Is Flat
Walls - some people want to put them up; others want to knock them down. According to Thomas Friedman, author of The World Is Flat, globalization is here to stay, but the writing is not on the wall, it's online, and UPS and Wal-Mart are key players. Take an item off the shelf of a Wal-Mart in Sarasota, Florida, and another of that item will immediately be made in Xianjin, China. Order a camera online, and UPS will move it from one warehouse to another across the country overnight, have a UPS employee slap a new lens on it, then deliver it to your door. Neither Wal-Mart nor UPS make anything, but they are cutting-edge and cutting competition with global supply chain management and global delivery systems.
On this anniversary of the shooting of the man who was so instrumental in the flattening of the Berlin Wall, Americans debate over what to do with the wall of illegal aliens that cross our southern border on a daily basis. Because most Americans aren't willing to work jobs these Mexicans will, our border has become another victim of globalization. As information flows from India and workers from Mexico, you see what brown has done to you.
Thousands of years ago, the Israelites crossed a border and entered the Promised Land. The people there seemed like giants, but it was a land flowing with milk and honey, so they pressed onward. At Jericho, God had them march around the city walls. As they moved their human supply chain in circles, their displacement was zero, but their shout resonated on the seventh pass of the seventh day, and God made the walls tumble down. His plan, His work, History - God favoring the Israelites. As His chosen people, He had them kill every Gentile, except for Rahab, the prostitute who had helped Israeli spies earlier, and her family. God, it seems, gave Gentiles a small glimmer of hope in Rahab, for He had promised to bless those who blessed Israel. He kept His promise, yet most Gentiles continued to curse Israel.
That perception would change many years later - for many - when Jesus came as a global kind of God-guy. He offered His Gospel of peace to all mankind and tore down the wall of hatred that separated Jew from Gentile. After He rose from the dead, but before He ascended into Heaven, He left His disciples with instructions to take His message to the entire world.
That message, the Good News of Jesus Christ, offered anyone peace with God. Any who accept draw closer to God in their new position as a Christian, or member of the true church, and they know the peace of God - Christ Himself - more and more each day.
Though borders and walls of commerce are falling worldwide, the world remains flat, or uninterested, spiritually. However, Christ is building His church, and humans from every tribe and language and people and nation will be included because their sins are washed in His blood. Now that's globalization! Isn't it time, if you're not His, to see what red can do for you?
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For He Himself is our peace, and He has made both groups - Jews and Gentiles - one.
He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us.
Ephesians 2:14 NKJV/NLT
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If you calculate the distance the Israelites traveled around Jericho in terms of the physics concept of displacement, the actual displacement was zero. Mathematically, displacement is the difference between the initial position of something and its final position. That week, the Israelites walked around the walls and ended up at the same position in which they started. It was a walk of faith, because they had to trust God to do what He said He would do.
They trusted God and obeyed Him by walking around the walls, blowing their horns and shouting. In terms of displacement, they went nowhere, but the walls came tumbling down. God did all the work in breaking down the barriers, just as His Holy Spirit does all the work in breaking down the walls people have built - walls that keep them from learning the truth about God.
I've often wondered if the walls fell because the horns and the shouts caused a vibration equal to the natural frequency of the matter in the walls. That's what happens when you see an opera singer break a glass by hitting a certain note. The sound (note) is vibrating at the same natural frequency of the glass, and it causes the glass to shatter. It's called resonance. If you've seen the video of Galloping Gertie, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington, you know it's possible.
However it happened - whether by resonance or the unseen hand of God - He was responsible at Jericho. God moved in a resounding way and His name reverberated throughout the land. When He brought down the walls, fear dissipated, but faith escalated, and this band of stiff-necked rabble - former slaves - saw their God act in a mighty way.
3 Though I live a normal human life, the battle I am fighting is on the spiritual level.
4 The tools I use in this warfare are not made by man, but are mighty God-given weapons I can use to tear down the devil's strongholds - proud people.
5 These people build walls that keep them from learning the truth about God, but with God's help, I can use those weapons to break down those strongholds.
6 First, though, may I use those weapons on myself, for I am the chief renegade. Then, may God empower me to capture others for Himself.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 LV
The above is a paraphrase and amplification of several translations.
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