Peacemaking vs. Peacekeeping (Season 2, Episode 22)

A follow-up to our conversations about Codependency is this timely episode helping us discern the difference between “peacemaking” and “peacekeeping.”  They are two completely different things but we can easily get them confused. While unrest and chaos surround us, it is easy to fall back into old and harmful practices that avoid deeper healing and connection and rob us of our life and freedom.

Peace is our birthright as citizens of heaven and Jesus says those who “make peace” are part of the foundation of a Kingdom of Heaven on earth. So is it that important to distinguish between making and keeping? Are tranquility and harmony fruits of the spirit?

We hope you find this week an encouragement to you as you make peace in the world around you.

1 Comment

  1. Love the topic and discussion. Thanks for sharing! I tweeted it. Though, I wish I could see you two talking. But, I don’t want to say that in a derogatory way because that would alienate me from you. I only want to experience your full expression and have peace between us. 🙂 Funning aside, I’m glad you two can talk about things, because just yesterday I saw a post from Franklin Graham praising an Alabama drive-in movie theater for not showing the new Beauty and the Beast due to it’s re-writing the story to include happy endings for the new gay couple in the flick. I started to add a comment, but immediately experienced such deflection of the issue, such name-calling, personal slandering of Graham for his youthful way he drove recklessly and is therefore deemed a life-long “hypocrite,” “obviously not a Christian,” “pro bestiality,” “bigot,” “homophobic bull-shitter” … on and on… No one discussed that a Christian is not in name only but because he or she actually follows the Bible’s teachings, and the Bible actually says God calls the act of homosexuality an “abomination.” “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman” Leviticus 18:22 “therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit these toevot… because the people who were in the land before you did these toevot and made the land impure (tameh)” (Lev. 18:26-27; see also Lev. 18:29). The term is repeated with reference to homosexual activity in Lev. 20:13. Now, I know that Christians can interpret these verses differently, and I wouldn’t mind having that discussion, ad nausium, however this not the way I wish to spend the rest of my life, and that apparently is what it would cost me at this point in our culture. I was so frightened by the hate speech for someone’s stand on their traditional, conservative, Biblical values, that I couldn’t help but consider the cost to any conservative who offers their values to their friends on facebook. Already, I get cold shoulders for posting innocent items of interest to my success, but which others disregard habitually without discussion. Perhaps that is what the pro-gay movement people have experienced from Christians and moralists and Jews in the past. But, gays are cleverly winning now, and I believe the quickest way for them to win is to frighten Bible believers into some desperate war for American culture rather than educational peacemaking. Speaking one’s mind that “sex with any other person may not be a need at all, but a desire that could hurt the entire community, in the end,” is just plain frightening. And, yet, here I am…

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