There will never be any peace until…

A beautiful old song redone last year by The Blind Boys of Alabama and one of my favorites of last year was, “There will never be any peace (until God is seated at the conference table).”

There are probably two ways of listening to this song, or at least absorbing the lyrics. Some understand this song to communicate the reality that there will never be peace until God restores all things. I would agree with that, Shalom (Peace) will not fully be restored until Christ returns. But this should not be an excuse, we should still be working toward peace today and living a life that reflects the peaceful life of Jesus. After all God gave us the ministry of reconciliation through Jesus and we are to be committed to that ministry as we forgive one another the same way Christ has forgiven us (2 Cor. 5:11-12, Colossians 3:13). When I listen to the song and as I work toward peace in my life and relationships, I am reminded that peace is not possible unless I chose to declare each day, “Jesus is Lord.” Jesus is Lord was a term stolen from the Roman Kingdom, they would say Caesar is Lord. And this simply meant that Caesar was the supreme ruler. So when we say Jesus is Lord, we are saying something pretty big; it could be parallel to saying He occupies the most important seat at the conference table of our lives. When I listen to this song it reminds me that all my works toward peace are fruitless if I am not giving God a seat at the conference table.

What do you hear when you listen to the song?

Here is the original version by the Chi-Lites (1974):

Here is The Blind Boys of Alabama version (2013):

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