The United States is becoming a more divided country. The haves and the have nots – the illegal immigrants trying to stay here – the racial problems that we are experiencing – the confederate memorials that are being taken down – the pro-abortionists and the anti-abortionists – the homosexuals who are going to court to make their lifestyle accepted by everyone. Everyone is battling for their own rights, expecting the other side to cave in to their agenda. It is no wonder that I have heard some sources say that we could be heading toward another civil war. This is called the United States, but we are becoming the Divided States.
Yes this country has problems that need to be resolved, but when you try to force your position on someone else it causes them to be defensive. Sometimes people don’t have logical reasoning they can give for their belief, but they will hold even more strongly to their side when they are verbally or physically confronted. When someone tries to force their beliefs on someone else it will not work, unless they have the power to enforce it. And that is what happens; people try to forcefully push their beliefs upon someone else.
That kind of violence is what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia on Sunday, August 13, 2017. This event has helped to shape people’s minds so now many more are more at the boiling point, not trusting or liking the other side. This started with white supremacists protesting to try to keep a confederate monument up when several oppositionists showed up to protest their protest. This ignited the fires of anger and as a result, violence broke out. The worst of the violence happened when a white supremacist drove his car into protesters, killing a white protester. There are too many people who are stoking the fires of anger and unrighteousness for their own cause and in so doing, they cause more problems. This is, after all, how wars and fightings get started.
Where are the peacemakers? Where are those people who are looking to find the middle ground and calm the storm before it rises even further? Where are the mediators who work to keep their side calm and peaceful so that no one does rash things that hurt their cause and rile up the other side? I am sure that there are people doing this, but it is the people who are causing the violence and stoking the fires of contempt who are winning the day.
Jesus talked about the virtue of being a peacemaker when He said “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” This is for the people who are working for a true peace, not a false peace or just trying to force the other side to do what they want to be done. This person will be blessed when they do the work of being a peacemaker, trying to work to bridge the gap in the difference between two sides.
Mind you, I know that it is not easy being the peacemaker. Oftentimes the peacemaker is the target of hostilities from people on both sides. It can be a thankless job being a peacemaker. But the rewards are worth it; this is where the blessing comes from. When there is peace, your reward is that you can be satisfied seeing and knowing that harm is not being done by anyone, nothing is being broken, and lives can go on as normal. You have made a difference in the lives of people. You will be blessed of God for doing this work of being a peacemaker.
R.C. Sproul article, Blessed Are the Peacemakers: http://www.ligonier.org/blog/blessed-are-peacemakers/