Fighting for Peace
If peace is freedom from distress, then we, as Christians, should be fighting for peace every day. We should be spending time, energy, and money on bringing peace to as many people as we can.
That’s a good question. In some ways, “bringing peace” sounds so big – almost unattainable. Especially in light of all the sorrow, anxiety, and pain we see today, to achieve peace can seem impossible.
But what if we’re thinking about only one side of peace? What if we’re just blindly adopting culture’s idea of peace as the only kind?
Firstly, what peace may look like to the general public isn’t wrong. We think of the horrors of terrorism, disunity between civilians and government, and countless other situations of chaos and enslavement. Peace would be eliminating the violence, lies, bondage and manipulation. And that’s very, very good.
But there’s a deeper peace we need to be fighting for as Christians. A peace that has to do with not just life on earth, but life in eternity.
I’m talking about peace between God and humanity.
Here’s the reality:
The God of the universe is a God of justice (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 89:14). This God of justice can never go against His character (2 Timothy 2:13), which means that He will not excuse sinners of their sin – and every human is a sinner from birth (Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:9). Because of the countless sins from humanity that are against God’s righteousness, His wrath is coming (Romans 1:18, 2:6-8; Colossians 3:5-6).
Naturally, there is no peace between God and humanity.
But, our God of justice is also a God of love (Psalm 145:8; 1 John 4:8). Purely based on His own initiative, He chose to make a way for sinners to be saved from His wrath (Romans 3:23-26). Through the sacrifice of Jesus, any sinner who believes in Him will be saved – for Jesus took upon Himself that very sinner’s sins, and paid their debt (Hebrews 10:12-14).
His death eliminated the distress that existed in that sinner as they related to God.
Look at what it says in Romans 5:1,
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We have peace. True peace. Real peace. Everlasting peace. Peace that extends far beyond mere human reconciliation. Peace that enables a once human sinner to be accepted by an incomprehensibly holy righteous God.
This is the peace we, as Christians, ought to be fighting for with all our strength. It’s more important that culture’s idea of peace.
Let’s bring this peace to as many people as we can today by sharing with them this extremely good, and pressing, news.