neither shall they learn war any more. — Isaiah 2:4.
Isaiah’s prediction has yet to come true, but we can still hope and work toward that goal. When I read this passage I was caught by the phrase “learn war.” It caused me to ask, “who teaches war?” The answer is pretty obvious. We not only talk in warlike terms when it comes to other nations, we use the phrase war all the time. We had the “war” on drugs, we are at “war” with the virus, in my day we had the “war” on poverty in addition to the Korean war, Vietnam war, war in the Middle East, Afghanistan war, and various “wars” against Terrorism to name a few.
Maybe we can only begin to stop learning war and beat our swords into plowshares when we develop a different language. What do you think?