Some people want another war in Iraq, and to join the one in Syria. Some people are afraid, and angry, and want revenge. Some of these people are Christians.
Wasn’t Jesus offering love, while the people were expecting war? When people came to arrest Jesus, He says that He is not leading a rebellion. Peter draws a sword to fight, and cuts the ear off one of those who came to take Jesus by force. Then Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword”. (Matthew 26:52)
The people wanted Jesus to rise up with an army and defeat the Romans. Instead Jesus rose up to save us from ourselves. He forgave us for all our sins, and He makes a place for us in Heaven with Him. “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2)
Heaven is a place of love and joy and peace, not war. Apostle John wrote in Revelation 21: 3-4: “He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be nor more pain, for the former things have passed away”.
Jesus explains His philosophy here —
“Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-21)
When government leaders of this world seek peace, some call them weak. Seeking peace is not easy. Peace is much more difficult to achieve than war. Terrorists want war. They try to cause fighting among ourselves and with our allies. Terrorists create chaos and fear. Those are tools of the devil. God creates love, courage, hope… Apostle John writes, “let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love”. (1 John 4:7-8)
When I was younger, it was easier to be angry than to talk and resolve issues. I thought I could get my way by yelling. Now I do my best to avoid anger. I seek a quieter path of peace and love. Yes, I still get angry and frustrated with the actions of this world, but I try not to respond with anger. I choose to close my mouth. It is the path Jesus chose. What Jesus did was not easy. Choose the way of Jesus. Choose it with love and courage. Support others who seek peace. Speak positively on social media about government leaders and church leaders who choose peace and love and prayer as their response to the hurts of this world. Do not encourage hate or anger or fear.
One day, in Heaven, we will have peace, love, and joy. It is something to look forward to, and hope for a bit of that in this world as well. For there to be any peace and love in this world, Christians must stand up with courage and choose the way of Jesus, and then a few others will follow by example. Lead the way for people you know, people you influence, to follow Jesus.