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What Makes a Peacemaker

By Robby Gray

May 23, 2004

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            For this Political/Religious Article of the Month I am going to use an excerpt from the book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren pages 153 and 154 (for a more detailed description and buying information see the link on the "Politics and Religion Homepage" titled "Additional Resources That Support My Worldview" or simply CLICK HERE) for I do not believe I could write it any more eloquently.

            "If you want God's blessing on your life and you want to be known as a child of God, you must learn to be a peacemaker. Jesus said, "God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God" [Matthew 5:9 (NLT)]  Notice Jesus didn't say, "Blessed are the peace lovers," because everyone loves peace. Neither did he say, "Blessed are the peaceable," who are never disturbed by anything. Jesus said, "Blessed are those who work for peace"--those who actively seek to resolve conflict. Peacemakers are rare because peacemaking is hard work.

            Because you were formed to be a part of God's family and the second purpose of your life on earth is to learn how to love and relate to others, peacemaking is one of the most important skills you can develop. Unfortunately, most of us were never taught how to resolve conflict.

            Peacemaking is not avoiding conflict. Running from a problem, pretending it doesn't exist, or being afraid to talk about it is actually cowardice. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, was never afraid of conflict. On occasion he provoked it for the good of everyone. Sometimes we need to avoid conflict, sometimes we need to create it, and sometimes we need to resolve it. That's why we must pray for the Holy Spirit's continual guidance.

            Peacemaking is also not appeasement. Always giving in, acting like a doormat, and allowing others to always run over you is not what Jesus had in mind. He refused to back down on many issues, standing his ground in the face of evil opposition."  Copyright 2002 by Rick Warren.

America is a Peacemaker when we go into places like Iraq

 

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SPECIAL NOTE!

 

For some reason, as of April 23, 2004, the elite media is not covering the U.N., France, Russian bribery scandal. To quote the O'Reilly Factor "Clear evidence now shows [up until Operation Iraqi Freedom] high level U.N. officials were bribed by Saddam, as were high level officials in Russia and France. Millions of oil-for-food money somehow wound up in their bank accounts. At this point, the U.N. is largely corrupt." This is waaaaaay bigger than any other headline I have seen since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This is even a bigger scandal than Watergate but it is getting no news coverage! Do an internet search and you will have a hard time finding any of the elite media covering this story. I now know why France was so vocal in their opposition to Operation Iraqi Freedom--they were accepting bribes from Saddam! (let me note here that the latest I have heard is that the corruption in France goes all the way up to Chirac who apparently used the money in his campaign!) For France to have the nerve to say the U.S. was going in to Iraq to steal the Iraqi's oil... I just hope that this story, despite the elite media, can spread to the American people, and from there to the rest of the world.

 

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