Friday, 22 April 2016

Peace is Not the Absence of Conflict, But the Fighting Against Evil

They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace (Jeremiah 6:14).

The world loves to talk about peace. The secular world disdains those who oppose their false, vile, and abominable ideas about peace, which are that peace comes from tolerating deviancy, which it calls "lifestyle choice", 'equality', which is really just envy, and thus, a vain concept itself and "rights" which is a manifestation of pride and self-centred. All such ideas about peace are manifestation of selfish ambition, which the world thinks gives peace, because the world thinks out of its own folly and pride that only when one's selfish ambitions can one be satisfied.  Such is the wisdom of the world, especially the secular humanist world. The fruits of such evil, vile and worldly wisdom are disorder and every evil work as James 3:16 tells us:  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. This leads to all that is diametrically opposed to the fruits of godly wisdom which is "pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy" (James 3:17).

Chaos is a manifestation of selfish ambition (James 3:16). The word 'chaos' or 'disorder' in James 3:16 is translated from the Greek word meaning 'akatastasia' which means instability, in terms of commotion, confusion, tumult.  As long as there is selfish ambition, even to the slightest, there will always be disorder. 

What James 3:16 means by disorder arising from conflicts, disagreements and arguments over what is right and wrong, and legitimate and illegitimate. This includes such conflicts, disagreements and arguments both inside and outside the Church. A perfect Church would be one where is no conflict, disagreements and arguments over anything. It would be one of one mind and spirit, as the Bible commands (Philippians 2:2; Ephesians 4:4; 1 Peter 3:8), and not of disagreeing minds and vexed spirits where individuals feel disturbed by someone being more holy and righteous than them. 

Much of the conflict within the true Church comes from follower of Christ who, owing to realising that they themselves lack of righteousness and holiness, feel offended by someone who is more holy and righteous than them. So seeking to comfort themselves and give themselves peace, they rebuke those more righteous and holy than them, sprout out their vile garbage, and causing the holier and more righteous person to stumble. Such people who love to rebuke others owing to self-preservation, or out of offence at seeing how another is more holy and righteous than him are a snare. Cut yourself off from such people who are within the true Church, as they succumb to the flesh, and in doing so, cause others to stumble.

True peace is not the absence of conflict as the world thinks. True peace is that which seeks righteousness and holiness out of fear of God, and a love for God and His Holy and Righteous, Perfect Law. Conflicts are a manifestation of fallen world, and occur even within the Church because of the flesh, which still rears its ugly head in seeking to satisfy the desire of selfish ambition, of which self-preservation and taking personal offence is a manifestation. What determines whether there is true peace is whether one fears God and totally surrenders and submits to Him, or whether one does not, rejecting Him and seeking one's own way. 

The question is not whether a person never stirs up conflict that determines whether he or she is a peace-maker. Rather, the question is whether the conflict is stirred up in seeking righteousness and exposing evil as Ephesians 5:11 mandates, or whether  The question is what is the manner of spirit in which conflict. Where it arises from selfish ambition, conflict is sin and of itself. Where it arises from zeal to seek righteousness, such stirring up conflict is not sin, but righteous and holy. Such righteousness in stirring up what should be stirred up was done by the early Church as they turned the world upside down: And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also (Acts 17:6).

It is because conflict is a manifestation of a fallen world, that it is not only inevitable. It is necessary to correct evil. Thus, it is not the absence of conflict that determines peace. Rather, it is because there is evil, there must be conflict to correct and eradicate evil.