Say No to Peace

Mat 10:34-36 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. (35) For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. (36) And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.

Luke 12:51-53 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. (52) For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. (53) They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

What do you think Jesus is trying to say here? “I have not come to bring peace.” How often do we forget these words from Jesus? We remember to love our neighbor as yourself, but what about the no peace comment? How can you love someone while knowing that you are not at peace with them?

The opposite of peace is what? Animosity and war? How can you be at war with someone you love? Not just a war, but a participant of this war. But this is not a war against people. Christianity is at war with the ideas and thoughts of the world. The desire to compromise what is right and wrong for what feels good and is non offensive to others. We know that this war will not make us friends or make us look favorable to the world, but we are called into it. Why do we forget this? Do we forget or have we just given up the war because we do not want to be seen as undesirable.

Maybe we get too caught up on loving each other and forget that we are at war with the thoughts and ideas of those we are called to love. To be at war with someone we are supposed to love seems like a paradox. It cant be done. Luckily, we are not called to do this. We are called to love them but we must disagree when confronted with a idea that is contrary to God.

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One response to “Say No to Peace

  1. societyvs

    “We are called to love them but we must disagree when confronted with a idea that is contrary to God.” (Xander)

    I agree 100%…the ideas of God will not neccesarily mesh with those of the surrounding world. In fact, the ideas of the NT will not even neccesarily line up with those of the church 1/2 the time.

    So would we say Jesus came to bring division, war, and animosity or is it that following him can lead to this? Let’s get historically connected here – this is addressed to Jewish people who follow Jesus – where 2 forms of Judaism are the religion of the people (Sadducee’s and Pharisee’s). Jesus knew this was going to lead to some serious problems within their families – since his claims of ‘messiah’ was bound to ruffle feathers.

    But is Jesus actually teaching against peace? Not really, in fact, not at all. Nowhere does Jesus ever teach ‘how to’ make these divsions and enemies; just says they will ‘inevitably’ happen due to following him (which was in fact true in many cases).

    However, if this were a teaching about becoming an ‘enemy’ – I think we have a problem of inconsistency in Jesus then. Jesus also taught to ‘love your enemies’ (Jesus considered them ‘neighbors’); but here he is teaching to ‘hate your family’ (which is the actual word used in Luke when this passage is mentioned a 3rd time). Well, which is it Jesus – love them or hate them? Prince of Peace or homewrecker? This is a very odd way to view Jesus (if u ask me).

    I see the teaching as a warning about the fact this world is not peaceful and many of the ideas held within the teachings of Jesus will find true animosity amongst certain people…and many people who ‘do good’ have come to know this is true. For example, Jesus is quite inviting and Paul teaches a ‘racial equality’ about this faith…some people in recent years have had to die to defend such ideas (ie: King Jr., Gandhi, Evers, and Stephen Biko). These ideas are not neccesarily well liked by people that actually do not seek ‘peace’ – but an actual ‘sword’.

    I don’t believe Jesus taught hate speech.

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