This Sunday we get to hear Christ’s first sermon on discipleship, what we call the Sermon on the Mount. I’ve been thinking about the line in the sermon that says, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
What does it mean to make peace? In my mind, I also remember the prophet Jeremiah, who told the religious leaders of his day that they cried, “Peace! Peace!,” when there was no peace. Peace needs truth. Peace needs conviction. Peace needs repentance and forgiveness and reconciliation. “Peace," a wise man once said, "is not the absence of conflict but the presence of justice.” Peace happens when things are made right. There is no peace without righteousness. As Jesus says in his sermon, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."
And so, in Christ’s sermon on discipleship, he tells us to work for peace—to bear suffering, to grant mercy, to take on suffering, and above to rejoice and be glad in doing what is good and true and right, because that is God’s work. Rejoice in that work, so that one day you can say, “Peace, peace,” when there truly is peace.
Don’t ever give up on God’s love.
A couple of events this week:
1. Friday night at the Inwood Local, 7:30 p.m.: Pub Theology. We’ll discuss this sermon of Jesus’ and ask, what is Christian politics?
2. Annual meeting, right after church on Sunday. See you there!