Peace in our time - by Dr. David Haymes
1 Peter 3:11
Let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it.
I was asked to write a brief blog about peace. But I don't feel peaceful. Oh, my life is going well, but I'm not sure about the world. Confrontation and hatred are everywhere. Is it possible to be peaceful in our place and time?
There are a myriad of quotes saying peace is not simply the absence of conflict. Jesus said in Matthew 10:34. “Do not think I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
There is no peace without justice. There is no peace without love. We are called to seek peace through justice and that is where peace becomes uncomfortable.
Recently a group of NorthPark members have been meeting to discuss racism. It is a group with good hearts and willing minds. But there is a bit of tension and uncertainty in our group. We want to address the injustice of racism, but we don't want to offend. We feel that we’ll upset the peace if we move too fast -the peace is the absence of conflict school of thought. But we keep meeting and exploring because our hearts are being nudged. We know that there can be no peace until the stain of racism has been addressed.
So what should we do? What are we willing to sacrifice for justice that will bring true Peace?
During this Advent season of remembering and renewal, let us remember our role model, our leader, Our Savior who teaches us to love but also to seek His Way, the way of justice and equality that will lead us all to the Peace of Jesus.
Dr. David Haymes