Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Ponder for a moment with me the following questions… “What is the fundamental or foundational vocation / work of a follower of Jesus?”  “What should be at the core of each and every action of each and every disciple of Jesus?”  “What does a child of God do to reveal to the world that they are one of God’s children?” 

Is what a follower of Jesus believes the most fundamental thing?  Is pursuing a life of piety and purity the most important action?  Is telling others you are a Jesus follower and they should be to the way to reveal you are one of God’s children?  What we believe, pursuing piety and purity and telling others about God’s love revealed through Jesus is important, but I do not believe these are what is most fundamental, at the core of a disciple of Jesus or what a child of God does to reveal to the world that they are one of God’s children.  Listen to what Jesus said about who is God’s children.  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” 

This might seem strange to us who live in a society that is addicted to violence and to militarism.  But I believe and Jesus says that if we want to be a child of God we are called to be peacemakers.  Living a life of peace, being peaceful in your own life and in your own relationships  and being a peace activist is what it means to be a child of God.  This seems odd, not only because of the society we live in, but because peacemaking has been misunderstood and marginalized by many Christians ever since Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity.  But peacemaking is at the core of what it means to be a child of God. 

This Sunday we’ll unpack what it means to be a peacemaker.  What peace do we pursue?  How can we be peaceful in our own lives?  And what steps we can learn to become a peacemaker that we might be called God’s children.

 

Pastor Dave