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Jun 22

Embrace Peace

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

When I was in elementary school peace was the word of the day.

We wore circular peace signs on t-shirts and on jewelry.

We raised a fist, opened it up and raised two fingers into a peace sign.

Peace Myth

I could think back to “the good old days” of the peaceful sixties, but they were also days when I feared violence in my neighborhood, poison in our Halloween candy, a war in Vietnam with body counts on the news, bloody riots in the Chicago streets, and a man who tried to kidnap my best friend and I walking home from church one Tuesday night.

The “peaceful sixties” is a myth.

Those days were not filled with peace.  These days are not filled with peace.

I wish that they were.  I wish that they are.

Peace eludes people for many reasons including:
– Unresolved anger
– Tribal differences
– Language barriers
– Irresistible resentment
– Selfishness
– Greed
– Ignorance

Ignorance Threatens Peace

World Magazine reports, “On July 9 the Republic of South Sudan is set to become the newest nation in the world. But rather than capping a six-year peace process, the landmark is mired in renewed fighting…June 30 marked the 22nd anniversary of the coup that brought to power the National Islamic Front of President Omar al-Bashir that has led to the deaths of as many as 3 million Sudanese, in the South as well as in Darfur.” 1

War threatens peace.

Prayer Trumps War

War and diplomacy involve amazingly complex issues.  I cannot address them here.

I can introduce you to someone named Emmanuel Jal’s a former child soldier.  He tells his story here on TED.com.

I hate upheaval yours, mine and theres.

Please join me and pray for others whose world is in upheaval, asking on their behalf for that peace that doesn’t make sense.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through … he himself is our peace … Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…give you peace at all times and in every way … Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid … The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 2

I believe I am far too ignorant of the complex issues in any war-torn country, but I can still pray for peace.


1 – http://www.worldmag.com/articles/18189

2 – Pastor Steve Wiens collected those texts for Sunday’s sermon on peace. Steve used the TNIV translation: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Ephesians 2:14; Colossians 3:15; John 14:27; 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Bring on the comments

  1. Good insight Scott. Thanks for posting.

  2. I know that we both pursue peace.
    Let’s continue to be role models.

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