“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the Children of God.”
No Jesus was not talking about shooting someone with your “Peacemaker” or solving problems by ignoring they exist. Last night I had the privilege of attending a Lecrae concert. I was excited to go – not just for his music – but for his perspective on life and what the church needs to do in current society. Lecrae gave a great speech on how the church should intervene and what having PEACE truly is.
The first thing he did was say he wanted to be a PEACEMAKER and not a PEACEKEEPER. What are the differences between the two? The definition of a PEACEKEEPER is preserving the peace no matter what is going on. The definition of a PEACEMAKER is a person who brings about peace by reconciling adversaries or to put it simply – someone who confronts injustice to bring about true peace. Jesus did NOT call us to be peacekeepers but PEACEMAKERS. Over the last few months I have watched many injustices happen against people of many different minorities. Throughout the election I have heard people I never thought I would hear say bad things about blacks, Latinas, Latinos, Syrians, Muslims, gays, women, and other oppressed groups. The things is these people were supposed to be CHRISTIANS. I was not hearing this from politicians on the television but by individuals. My hope is that those people are just ignorant and are not doing this out of a mean spirit. This has made me question what I can do about educating people though.
Hearing things like this make me angry and make me want to react to these comments. Jesus did call us to be PEACEMAKERS though. This means we should confront others on their ignorance but do it in a constructive way so they can see what it is like to be a minority. I cannot claim, as a white person, to have any clue what it is to be oppressed a black individual in America. I am blessed to have spent a number of my childhood years living in St. Louis among a predominantly black community. The things I saw that happened were horrible and I later learned – not what many white children see during their childhood. When I moved to Milwaukee (the most segregated city in America) I truly saw a difference in viewpoints and lifestyles. This made me angry once again but I have learned that maybe God placed me in the circumstances He did so that I can be a PEACEMAKER.
Today is a new day and a major election has concluded. We will have a new president in January. Will he represent the minorities? Will any Presidential candidate ever truly represent the minorities best interests? Only time will tell. What I can tell you is with the conclusion of this election I will continue to do what God has called me to do. Tell others about JESUS and be a PEACEMAKER. My life’s goal is to use my ministry as a Christian social worker to be a VOICE for the VOICELESS. It has always been my goal to be a voice for women, children, and unborn children. In the past year or so I have learned that my life’s calling has been extended beyond that to be a PEACEMAKER. Moving forward from this election I will use my voice to fight for the injustices of minorities, women, and unborn children. America needs an overhaul of it’s welfare system, criminal system and policies in order to truly make a difference. I will stand for that by confronting those who choose to remain ignorant to the issues minorities in America face (in a loving manner) and by extending Jesus love to everyone – no matter their background. Thomas Jefferson once stated:
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I pray that one day that is true. Since this has been said I do not believe it has actually been true in the United States. I pray that we as a country do what we can to show all men they are created EQUAL and have WORTH. As Christians in America I pray we show that JESUS loves everyone equally and all can come to Him. What will you do to fight injustice and help make your country a better place? Will you join Lecrae, myself, and many others in being a PEACEMAKER – not a PEACEKEEPR?