Have you ever wondered if there can be peace in life? If you’re at all like me, you’ve probably spent more time being busy, anxious, troubled or confused than you’d like to admit. Why is that? We long for peace, we search for it, but it seems unattainable. That’s because in a way, it is.
Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers”.
He did not say “Blessed are the peacekeepers”.
It may sound trivial, but there is an enormous difference.
Peacekeepers seem to have a godly motivation.
“Peace” sounds like a good thing, after all. But peace is not a goal, it is a result.
Peacekeepers don’t want to rock the boat.
Peacekeepers want to please people.
But stasis and people-pleasing are not godly ideals.
Let’s be honest – peacekeeping is little more than avoidance and denial.
Peacemakers, on the other hand, aren’t afraid to break some eggs. If the boat is going in the wrong direction, shouldn’t somebody rock it? Sometimes it takes a troublemaker to start a reformation. Isn’t that what we should be all about? We should be in the business of shaking things up and making people uncomfortable. I don’t see that Jesus ever intended for us to be comfortable.
I think it’s time to stop the peacekeeping and start the peacemaking.