One of the things that characterizes most religions, and Christianity no less than any other, is a promise of peace. Peace of all sorts. Sometimes it is universal, global peace. Sometimes it is peace with yourself. Sometimes it is peace with the environment.
But what does it actually mean? At its most essential, peace is an absence of conflict. Peace in the geo-political sphere is easier to see, it means no one is shooting at someone. But that isn’t the only kind of peace promised by religion. It is a more difficult to see if a person is at peace with themself, they might look at peace but they might simply be too tired to do anything. Furthermore, if peace is coming? . . . when is it coming?
Peace is coming but it has already come too. Peace is both now and not yet. We can be at peace with ourselves and those around us but there won’t be perfect universal peace until there is a renewed earth, and no, I have no idea when that is going to occur 🙂
“Peace is coming” Knox Presbyterian (to download, right click and select “Save Link As . . .”)
“Peace is coming” St. Mark’s Presbyterian (to download, right click and select “Save Link As . . .”)
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