Not by might, nor by power, but by the spirit of God.
We don't want it to be this way. We want to achieve our ends by might and power. For that matter, we want God to achieve God's ends by might and by power.
We keep falling into this trap. We think that having the biggest and most well trained military will protect our country, but when we fail to work for justice around the globe, we undermine our own cause. We begin to believe that peace through strength works, rather than peace through vulnerability.
In our own lives, too, we fall into this trap. We shore up our lives with money and success, the might and power of American individuals. Some people lock themselves away in gated communities, succumbing to fear of those who are unable to get in. Some of us make job security our god, seeking a paid position in which as few people as possible can change our fate, rather than a position that does the most good for others.
We all do this. Deep down, we really believe that might and power are the way to go in this world. In the short-term, that may be absolutely correct.
But we worship a God who always has the long-term in mind as well. God could come down and knock heads together anytime. Some people still believe that God will do exactly that one day.
But how did God come to be among us the first time? As a helpless baby.
Would God come again in a way that contradicts this first way?
And that baby, Jesus, grew up and showed us that we must do the same, because love -- not force -- is the only thing that works in the end.
Even if it kills us.