I am pretty outward and vocal that I am a person of faith. To be specific, I am a follower of Jesus and the Ancient Scriptures. I have journeyed long and far with the questions and seekings of my heart and soul and these are the conclusions I have come to. The ways of Jesus are what make sense to me, are what have captured my heart and imagination and are in harmony with my created intention. It is in him that I have found peace, the kind of peace that satisfies. I don’t need to prove him, I don’t need to defend him, I just know that I come alive when my heart and mind is aligned with him.
I live in a nation that is deeply divided, but it is not the divisions of proper patriotism or partisan politics that grieve me, it’s the replacement of our ancient faith with a civil religion of nationalistic fervor of which there can be only one Caesar. We can not serve both God and man, so one must take the throne. We get to choose and the fruit of our lives will indicate who or what is on the throne. What comes out of our mouth is the state of our heart.
What I read on my social media timelines are full of vitrol and hate for the ‘other’ and much of it in the name of a brand of American Christianity that doesn’t resemble the scandal of the Cross. The ardent participation in the power structures of the Empire of our day do not reflect the ways of Jesus; the Son of man, the friend of sinners, the suffering servant nor the Prince of Peace. He didn’t seek to acquire power, but by his own transformation to be like his Father, he acted powerfully. His power was quite literally not of this world and therefore could differentiate from the conflicts of the Empire of his day and serve and love all his neighbors.
Where are the peacemakers? Where are the ones who do not belong to this world and therefore have the capacity and burden to love all of those in this world of which we are called to serve? We are defined not by power positions, but by love and service to all our neighbors. Peacemaking is not an option, it is our inherited identity under the Cross.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.