There are many who seek peace today, and peace is good, but at what cost and will the actions taken actually bring about peace? While we may not be in open war there is hostility on many levels. The major media corporations promote a secular humanistic world view that foments division in politics, ethnicity, religion, social values, social norms, and the American culture. Hostility in the Middle East and Eastern Asia, together with threats and terrorism all produce tension, fear, and a desire for true peace.
Believer’s understand that the fallen world is subject to evil and there will be no peace or utopia on earth apart from God Almighty and the Lord Yeshua Messiah. Nevertheless, there seems to be many who wish to make peace with evil so as to set boundaries so that evil can be considered good – in its place or to find a compromise in order to secure some acceptance from evil. They wish to find common ground and open a dialog with evil. No matter how lofty and magnanimous these outreaches and offers may be, and with the best of intentions, they always seem to fail. It was not that long ago that England’s Lord Chamberlain sought to make peace with Hitler. Evil is uncompromising and incapable of coming to a knowledge of the truth. “…For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14). This is why a follower of Yeshua must bury the old man in baptism, and are raised a new creation. Our fallen human nature must be put to death, it cannot be allowed to continue its rebellion against God’s will. To become a Christian you must be born again. This confounds the natural mind. Yeshua said this to Nicodemus who struggled to understand, but God’s ways are beyond mental assent and rationalization.
The Believers life, communion, and relationship with God is by and through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is in opposition and conflict with the flesh, (which refers to all elements of the fallen human nature, with its corrupt physical desires). There can be no truce reached between the flesh and the Spirit. (Rom. 8:6). The same is true in regard to the world in which we live; we are in the world, but must be separate from its influence. ” ‘Woe to the obstinate children,’ declares the Lord, ‘to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt without consulting me; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge.’ ” (Isaiah 30: 1-2). This world can not provide true peace and those who seek to construct it by their plans and actions may find that they are opposing God. We have an enemy who is seeking to kill, steal, and destroy, but our great Father God is Sovereign. Therefore, we should put our faith and hope in His love and mercy. He is the only source of lasting peace and the peace He gives is beyond understanding. (Phil. 4:7). The peace of Yeshua is not conditioned upon circumstances and the actions of others; it comes down from the Father of lights and we find rest for our souls. Yeshua said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27).