If you are alive during the time I am writing this, you are probably very much aware that peace between people seems to be at an all-time low due to our polarizing political culture. Unfortunately, this is also leaking into the church. It may not be about world politics as much as church politics, but nonetheless this arguing only mirrors the rest of the world when we are called to be in this world but not of it.
Paul, writing to the Roman church, exhorts them to live peaceably with all men. He understands that isn’t possible with everyone, but as much as depends on you. When people look to the church, they should see men and women that are loving like Jesus and are living the truths of scripture where we read, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” It doesn’t mean there will always be peace, but it does show that we have a bigger battle than these petty things that bring great division. Imagine what a difference it would be if we as Christians were fighting the real battle, fighting for Christ, and if at all possible and as much as depends on us, lived peaceably with everyone.
Pastor Sean Boehm