The world has never been in more need of peacemakers than it is right now, and never have we been in such a world where so few can be found. Leaders who possess the ability to bring people together where they agree. Leaders with the wisdom to know how to settle disputes rather than amplify them. I've never seen anything so sad as what I've been witnessing over the last few weeks--watching our country be destroyed by its own people. Where are the peacemakers?
Jesus said to us very clearly that we were to love the Lord with all of our hearts, and love our neighbors as ourselves. Love is the answer here. Not hate. Not violence. Not anger. Not vandalism. Love. Simple love for one another. Respect for one another. Toleration for one another. Appreciation for one another.
We're going about this whole thing the wrong way. That's because in our world today, we believe it's more important to be right about something, than to do the right thing. We will turn a blind eye to any evil that's done so long as its on our side of the debate. And we'll excuse it! We'll justify it as if it was perfectly fine! Because it's more important to be right than to do right.
We spend so much time pointing out and fighting over where we differ that we fail to see just how much we are all alike. How many things we agree on when it comes to our families, and our freedoms, and our communities. If we would only take a step back and stop shouting at each other, and SEE each other, and HEAR each other, and show LOVE towards one another. What's important is to understand that we are all God's children, equal in his eyes--and that He made us all different for a reason! If God had intended for us all to be alike, and agree on everything, and see everything in the same way, HE would have made us all the same way.
We're supposed to learn from each other. We're supposed to love each other. We're supposed to share that good news of Jesus Christ and that message throughout the world.
What a world it would be if only we could come to understand and practice love as it was described in the Bible:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.1 Corinthians 13:4-7