What does it mean to be Peacemakers in a climate of hate and violence?

What does it mean to be Peacemakers in a climate of hate and violence?

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they shall be called

sons and daughters of God.

Jesus, Matthew 5:9

The entire nation has been rocked again by acts of hatred and violence this past week in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and closer to home in Dallas. We are shown yet again what comes of hate and fear as motivations for actions. 

As Christians,  how is our response to be different from that of the world around us? How do we be peacemakers? First of all, what is a peacemaker? Quite simply, it’s  someone who is actively seeking to reconcile people to God and to one another   –   in our spheres of influence – our family, our friends, school contacts, our work associates, our communities, in whatever ways we impact the world. So what do we do specifically? No simple answers here.  But I offer some passages of scripture to help us think and pray about our role as peacemakers in challenging times like this…

For God did not give us a spirit of fear,

but a spirit of power,

and of love,

and of a sound mind.

II Timothy 1:7

Peace I leave with you, my own peace I give unto you.

Not as the world gives, do I give unto you.

Let not your hearts be troubled

and do not let them be afraid.

John 14:27

He has told you, o human, what is good:

And what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

And to walk humbly with your God? 

Micah6:8

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ,

and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

That is, God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself

not counting their trespasses against them,

and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us:

We entreat you on behalf of Christ,

Be reconciled to God.”

II Corinthians 5:17-20

 

We have a lot to think and pray about. For one person’s perspective on peacemaking,  I invite you to google an interview with Kellon Nixon, a witness to the disaster in Dallas. And may the Spirit guide us all as we discern how to be peacemakers in the name of Christ.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Gary