Blessed are the Peacemakers
Matthew 5:9 is part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in which He says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” The Greek word translated “peacemaker” is used in only one other place in the New Testament, in a slightly different form. Colossians 1:20 says, “For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
Jesus laid down His life to make peace between God and sinners, and when we can carry that message of peace to others, we are peacemakers. God delights in those who reconcile others to Himself—those who bring the gospel are “beautiful” (Isaiah 52:7). God “reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). Those who bring reconciliation to broken relationships are carrying on the work of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Those who give of themselves as Jesus did in order that others may know God are called “blessed.” There is no real peace apart from a relationship with God (Romans 5:1). What may masquerade as worldly peace is merely a temporary lull in chaos (John 14:27). True peace is found only in a restored relationship with God. “‘There is no peace,’ says the LORD, ‘for the wicked’” (Isaiah 48:22).
I grew up in the 50’s…….for several years now, I have witnessed the destruction of the United States of America.
The column below appeared in the Deseret News, written by Kelsey Dallas. I receive these emails from Kelsey. In all my years of news reporting I have tried to look at all sides on issues. I do not agree with all opinions, of course, but I find it educational to read the opinions of others that necessarily do not align with mine. I love to read columns that make me THINK! I THINK that Americans do not THINK enough! Reading Kelsey’s column at 3:30am led me to post this: Many just want to slam people with their opinions and run off and spew junk. Like Donald Trump Jr. did about the attack on Paul Pelosi. Donald Trump Jr.’s reaction to Paul Pelosi’s attack shows exactly how low we have sunk I do not want to believe that this has become acceptable behavior in America! Shame on people that take joy in people getting hurt. There is nothing Christian about that evil behavior. When people get hurt, or lose a loved one, I take no joy in their pain. I pray for them. JESUS wept. John 11:35. What ever happened to behaving yourself? I guess that just does not fit in America these days.
Donald Trump Jr’s behavior is an awful example what America is to be. This is an awful example for our children.
I do not know how the GOP party can sit still and not speak out the bad behavior of Trump.
Stephen Curtis Chapman: “I got to see the change that Jesus would make in a heart, and in a life in my own dad and my mom, and my whole family”
We need peacemakers, not harmful dividers: Where are the Peacemakers?
I think of the old days when President Reagan, for those that do not know your history, he was a Republican, a great President, and Democrat Tip O’Neill, who was the House Speaker when Reagan was President. Those two worked together to move legislation forward for the America people. A Republican and Democrat working together for the betterment of the people. That does not happen anymore, and we are paying a deep price for it.
In his book, “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked,” MSNBC talk show host and author, Chris Matthews, describes a scene that exemplifies the close between Reagan and O’Neill.
Following the assassination attempt, former Reagan aide, Max Friedersdorf told Matthews that O’Neill was one of the first people the President let visit him at George Washington University Hospital. Friedersdorf observed that when O’Neill entered Reagan’s hospital room, “he nodded my way and walked over to the bed and grasped both the president’s hands, and said, ‘God bless you, Mr. President.’ The president still seemed groggy … with lots of tubes and needles running in and out of his body. But when he saw Tip, he lit up and gave the speaker a big smile, and said, ‘Thanks for coming, Tip.’ Then, still holding one of the president’s hands, the speaker got down on his knees and said he would like to offer a prayer for the president, choosing the 23rd Psalm.” Then O’Neill kissed Reagan on the forehead. GOD BUDDIES
American politics now smells like hell. Both sides make no sense to me. Just think at one time the GOP was known as the Christian’s party, that is long gone.
I encourage you to read the thoughts of Kelsey Dallas, I think they her column will make you think.
State of Faith
Monday, Oct. 31, 2022
People of Faith, Pessimism and American Politics
This is probably naive of me, but I’ve long thought of people of faith as a pretty optimistic bunch. I figure they benefit from social connections gained at their house of worship — I know I have — and from the sense that they have a higher power on their side.
But two new surveys show that people of faith are dealing with some pretty negative emotions these days, at least when they mix religion with politics.
The first, from Pew Research Center, showed that around two-thirds of members of most major faith groups feel like they’re “losing more often than winning” in the political realm.
More than three-quarters of white Catholics (76%) feel that way today, compared to 68% in 2016. Over the same time period, the share of Black Protestants who feel like their “side” is on a losing streak has jumped from 49% to 62%, Pew found.
The second survey, from Public Religion Research Institute, showed that majorities of all the measured faith groups believe that “things in (the United States) are going in the wrong direction.”
More than 9 in 10 white evangelicals (93%) feel that way, as well as around two-thirds of non-Christian people of faith (65%).
These findings and others forced me to accept that people of faith are no more hopeful about the current state of political affairs than other Americans. And the situation’s probably only going to get worse after another contentious set of elections next week.
What I’m wondering now is what it will take to bring about more positive survey results the next time Pew Research Center and Public Religion Research Institute asks these questions. And is there anything individual people can do to help?
I’d love to hear stories of what religion or politics-related developments have brought you hope lately. What happened that made you feel like the country is actually headed in the right direction?