The sword is a choice to turn from what was and seek all that is Christ, or to push Him away and face the consequences. That is the dividing line. Each person and every generation has to make their decision on their own. Are you a barrier to their salvation?
God did not create robots. Instead He created us with the desire that we might choose to seek His face in lieu of being separate from Him. Redeeming love is forever there and His door is always open.