“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
“Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” 1 Cor 12:12-19
“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Eph 3:10-11
What we learn in the church we share with the world around us. The wisdom of God transforming our cultures, relationships and conditions of life.
If we find a part of us that isn’t doing well, we learn not to kill it but to restore it, because our body needs each part. We are depleted when we are not whole.
They have knowledge, customs and contributions that help us to be complete, as we share the knowledge of Christ with them. As we serve and make our enemies our friends, we share in the good things they have.
When we restore people’s lives, we have less enemies.
We have been taught that we should kill everything in our field accept the one crop we are farming. But instead we can make compost from other plants that will give life to our soil. Use relationships with Fulani neighbours and cow manure to bring life to the soil.
Instead of killing insects, provide life to your farm that brings different kinds of insects and balances the conditions. A plague happens when one kind of bacteria, virus or insect dominates the others and dominates other life in the farm that normally keeps a balance. Add life to your farm, don’t kill it. Our fish water stopped insects and mould attacking our trees: not by killing but by adding nutrition and more kinds of insects and birds to our field. Birds and Insects are essential for spreading flower seed, and the flowers give life to the soil.
With the pigs, instead of killing bacteria, allow different kinds of bacteria to grow, to balance the bacteria and the pigs’ health, while producing compost for your vegetables. It’s free of disinfectant, concrete, water and antibiotic costs. And the pigs become disease resistant.
Instead of killing disease in your body, add nutrition by good diets. Instead of disinfectant, build the immune system. Instead of vaccines that haven’t been tested over many years, rely on healthy living. Instead of killing the herbs in your farm, learn their healing properties for your body.
Building our economy by learning about the herbs around us and how they help. This adds wealth to our community.
Adam and Eve were people of nature. As we learn to restore our nature, then our lives, our relationships with neighbours and our own local economies all grow. Nature makes us all richer.
We need to learn to overcome our challenges by building life instead of by killing the enemy. When we restore life, we get a far richer environment for everybody. Nations may think they must kill enemies sometimes, but if that is their strategy for healing the world they will fail. We must restore the world. It’s the same with our farms and with our health. Don’t poison your farms and bodies with artificial chemicals but rebuild their ecosystems with life.