Where Are The Peacemakers?

December 11, 2014

Where Are The Peacemakers?

            Our country is plagued by trouble makers.  When our elected leaders don’t speak out against them, in reality, they are giving their approval.  A country overrun by troublemakers will end in chaos and ruin.  Trouble makers must be confronted by peacemakers.

With which group do you prefer to be identified with, the peacemakers or the trouble makers?  There may be something to be gained by being a trouble maker, but it isn’t a virtue.  What trouble makers do is always at the expense of others.  On the other hand, there is much to gain by being a peacemakers and it won’t be at the expense of others.  To the contrary, it will be to the benefit of others, even the trouble makers.

The Bible has nothing good to say about trouble makers.  In Acts 17:5 we find an example of what trouble makers do.  “But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.”  Notice that they are called “lewd fellows of the baser sort.”

The Apostle Paul prophesied that in the last days we will see what we see happening in our day.  II Timothy 3:1-7 says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,    traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;    having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.    For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,    ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  In this list, I don’t see any group I would care to be identified with.  Among them are those who have “a form of godliness.”  In our day we have some who are called Reverend ….., but there is no indication that they are on God’s side of the issues.

God’s people are to be characterized by being peaceful.  In Matthew 5:9 Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” II Timothy 2:24 says, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient.”  Christians believe that every individual, regardless of his skin color, is unique, special, and has great dignity.

Matthew 5:5 has something good to say about the meek.  “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”  Meekness should be another characteristic of God’s people.  When we find the word “meekness” in the Bible it means a humble and quiet spirit that accepts what happens without resisting and disputing.  That is almost the opposite of what trouble makers do.  If things don’t go their way, trouble makers are quick to take revenge.  Some take it as a mandate to riot, even loot and burn.  Such behavior doesn’t make friends or convince anyone that they are right.

There is a story that is told about George Washington Carver that is an excellent illustration of meekness.  George W. Carver was an African American scientist, inventor, and educator.  He was born in the days of the Civil War.  In spite of his humble birth, he rose to be the president of Tuskegee College in Alabama.  I don’t remember where I read this story about him, but I have no doubt that it is true.  He was walking down the street near the college one day when a white lady sitting on her porch saw him go by.  She called out, “Hey black man.  Come over here.” He stopped to see what she wanted.  She said, “I need to have someone mow my lawn.  If you do a good job, I’ll pay you for it.” With no protest, he asked her to get out her lawn mower for him.  After he finished the job she was impressed with the good work he did and paid him for it. She said, “Do you live around here?  I just might want to have you work for me again.”  He told her that he lived over at the college.  She asked, “Oh, are you a student?”  He said, “No.  I’m the president of the college.” When she heard that, she was embarrassed and ashamed of the way she had treated him.  She apologized.  She was a wealthy woman.  A few days later she gave a considerable amount of money to the college and continued to contribute.  It was the reward for the meek and quiet spirit of George W. Carver.

Adverse race relations are a grievance among people.  There is never a good excuse for it.  When I was in seminary we lived for a year or more in what was known as “the colored district” of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It was no hardship for us.  We made friends with some of the people there.  None of them were our close friends because they had a different live style than we did.  That wasn’t because of the col0r of their skin.  We have had some close friends who were African Americans.

Did God do wrong when he made people of different skin colors” I can’t believe that he did.  Malachi 2:10  says, “Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?”       I Corinthians 4:7 asks a question that deserves an honest answer.  “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”

Again I ask, where are the peacemakers?  Are you one of them?  It can’t be denied that racism exists, but God hates those who perpetuate it.  If you have a negative attitude toward those of a different skin color, ask God to forgive you.  Matthew 7:12 says, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”  Be among the blessed.  Be a peacemaker.  “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God”  (Matthew 7:12).

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