While the Old Testament contains much violence, it also contains a significant concern for peace. Its civil laws are ostensibly structured to limit the violence individuals are entitled to, which Jesus then further limits, to none. Many understand the concept of “eye for an eye” as a tacit approval of violence, when in fact it restricts violence to only as much as you were injured initially. Jesus simply takes the restriction further, and says, “When injured, do not seek reprisal at all.” What is more, it is the Old Testament that tells us that when the Messiah inaugurates his reign, “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
When we pray for the hungry, let’s remember to feed them. When we pray for the unborn, let’s welcome single mothers and adopt abandoned children. When we give thanks for creation, let’s plant a garden and buy locally grown fruits and veggies. When we remember the poor, let’s reinvest our money in micro-lending programs. When we pray for peace, let’s beat our swords into plowshares and turn military budgets into programs of social uplift. When we pray for an end to crime, let’s visit those in prison. When we pray for lost souls, let’s be gracious to the souls who’ve done us wrong.
— John Perkins & Shane Claiborne, Follow Me to Freedom (via hislivingpoetry)
When you look at our infrastructure, you see miles and miles of road. It’s such a massive undertaking to be able to modify all of it. With brilliant minds, comes change.
Later this year, the Netherlands will be home to a Smart Highway that will feature luminous road markings that glow at night and temperature sensitive markings that become visible when the road surface is near freezing. In the coming years the Smart Highway will debut several other innovations including induction lanes for charging electric cars and wind-powered lights that are activated by the draft from passing cars. Smart Highway is a collaboration between Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure.