Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)
One small world bears such remarkable meaning.
Throughout all of the world religions, from time immemorial, this has been the universal greeting. Whether among pagans or the Abrahamic tribes or even the Eastern religions: peace is something after which we all seek because it is in our very nature to desire it.
Unfortunately, it has also become part of our very nature to destroy it.
Though God clearly wants us to seek the wholeness of who we are all meant to be, we are quite good at keeping the world as it is.
Some scholars now describe this inward (and outward) debate as the fight between passivism and pacifism. One intentionally remains ignorant, deliberately ignoring all truth and problems in order to avoid conflict. The other is the practice of seeking wholeness for all things – peace.
Our world consistently confuses a lack of disagreement, contradiction, and opposition, as a way to find peace for our future. But that is not peace. It is momentary quiet found at the expense of all God desires for this world.
God desires justice. God desires reconciliation. Yes, God desires an end to war and violence. However, giving into the lies of the rising tide of evil so that we can stick our heads in the sand and keep what we have – at the expense of others – that has never been what God has wanted.
Jesus promised to give us peace. Peace that is true. Peace that will last.
That kind of concord and harmony will only come if we actively stand up to all those things that would hide true peace under the cover of nonaggression.
Jesus knew this. He lived it. And now, we who have been given the keys to his Kingdom here on earth are called to take up his mantle. To make peace. To seek it through the messy path of truth. And to fight for it until all people are whole again.
peace be with you • שָׁלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶם • السلام عليكم • siochain • शान्तिः