Let the Church Speak Peace

I posted that as my status this morning, as I have done after moments of tragedy. I believe that the Church must speak to these situations, but some would quote Jeremiah 6:14:

“They have ahealed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace. (Jer 6:14 NAU)

I believe that Christ gave us Peace:

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. bDo not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (Joh 14:27 NAU)

Further, I believe we should be peacemakers:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for athey shall be called sons of God. (Mat 5:9 NAU)

And, if nothing else, we can speak silence, peace, to the storms:

And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.  Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and arebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and 1it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you 1afraid? aDo you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” (Mar 4:37-41 NAU)

I think that in this moment, when the word ‘Christian’ is bandied about like a plague, the Church must, in the highest ecclesiology possible, be the Church and speak Peace. Bishop William writes,

The only way for the world to know that it is being redeem is for the church to point to the Redeemer by being a redeemed people. (Resident Aliens, 94, with Stanley Hauerwas)

So again, I believe that the Church should speak to the situation and in such a way (either through words, or actions) as to bring peace, silence, to the situation. For centuries, we’ve done the opposite. Time to do what the bible says now.

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