What will be the weapons with which we defend our faith? Throughout history, Christians have taken up arms to protect the mandate to worship. Today, churches are being fined. Pastors our warned to not hold indoor services. So obviously now is the time for war, right?
I believe it is time to go to war. Though I don’t believe we need to shed any blood. Our war is not against humans we see (check out Ephesians 6:10-12). Our war is against our sinful desires, the false teaching that leads men and women from truth, and all that is unholy.
When it comes to mankind, we pursue peace. Jesus proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9 ESV).
James wrote “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:17, 18 ESV).
These are only 2 of the many times believers are instructed to chase peace. If it was so important to God to tell us to be peacemaker, perhaps we ought to listen. Now is the time be at peace with those around us, so that we might boldly confront whatever is leading them from following the Prince of Peace.
I encourage you to put away the cacophony of voices that rile up dissension, wrath, and clamor. Listen to the wisdom from above and enjoy God’s perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).