We are going to start a series on the Fruit of the Spirit and how it can apply to our lives. You will read various posts written by my friends. I find that their diverse thoughts and studies help me to better understand Biblical principals. We will not be going in order, as evidence that Peace is our first stop. I hope you enjoy the first guest blog post.
In today’s culture, you see peace signs everywhere. Certainly, you are not going to visit a popular tourist attraction without seeing several Asian tourists taking pictures flashing the peace sign. Some even flash the two-fingered peace sign for pictures simply because gang fingers are cool, and the peace sign is an acceptable finger sign by most audiences. You see peace signs printed on t-shirts at local clothing stores like Target and Walmart that decorate the lower and middle-class masses. It is not just the cheaper brand department stores that have endorsed the peace symbol merchandise, however. It is also a popular boho style symbol to be rendered in more expensive materials and draped on the necks of various Hollywood icons. Yet, with all this flashing and showing of the peace symbol in popular culture, we do not seem to be any more at peace as humans.
As much as the message of Star Trek and more popularized science fictions stories indicate, we have not “evolved” out of our evils into a peaceful culture. In America, homicide numbers and mass shootings are on the rise. In 2016, FBI statistics recorded a total of 17,250 homicides in the United States. Children and women are being exploited in international trafficking in droves. According to US Government statistics, 600,000 to 800.000 women and children are bought and sold across international borders each year and exploited for labor and sex. As Christians, the number of our brothers and sisters being martyred should be enough to convince any SJW Christian that the world is not co-existing with us. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity says 900,000 Christians have been ‘martyred’ in the last decade, equating to 90,000 a year and one every six minutes. Perhaps the most disturbing statistic of all is the murdering of our innocents considered humane. Globally, one in four pregnancies ends in abortion according to facts by the Guttmacher Institute. Murdering twenty-five percent of life conceived in the womb is not living at peace with one’s choices, one’s body, or nature’s own laws. Clearly, humans are not a people of peace.
Our ability to demonstrate living at peace with one another is accurately represented by the hypocrisy of whichever popularized Gangster rapper is in a featured video rapping about beating his hos and wearing a peace symbol all the while. Yet, there is hope. There is hope in the person of Jesus Christ who did not come to bring peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34). A sword in that His teachings would be in opposition to fitting into the popular teachings of mankind. A sword against the teachings that state we can make peace by ourselves apart from God, that there is hope in this falling world that after enough wars and killing of each other we will suddenly decide to find peace on our own, that mankind is good. He taught that mankind is fallen, evil, and sinful and in need of redemption. As the above statistics indicate, I would agree. Then, He offered the redemption we needed in the ultimate “peace offering.” Himself. He offered Himself and His blood on the cross in place of our sins that separate from us from God’s perfection. Then, He conquered death and rose from the dead on the third day demonstrating that His divinity did hold the power to be an acceptable sacrifice for our sins that separate us from the perfect love of God.
In examining this closer, a beautiful truth can be revealed. Peace isn’t found in our human actions. We do not find peace on our own. We find peace in THE answer: Jesus. We don’t need to have it all figured it out, or all our problems solved. We can rise each morning with one single cry in our hearts: Give me Jesus! That is because Jesus knows the way to peace and He asks simply for our belief. Our simple trust that He is enough in our decision to follow Him. And that thought, that brings me so much peace.
Post was written by Margret