The intensified propaganda for peace, dramatized by groups of pickets, by articles in secular magazines and religious periodicals, in resolutions by organizations both secular and church, and highlighted in political pronouncements on both sides of the iron curtain, may not be identical in motivation or objectives, but does indicate the yearning desire of many to be freed from the fear of potential atomic devastation.
Christians should study the meaning of true peace—its origin and its objectives. We say this because the word “peace” is one of the most abused and misunderstood of all words today.
It is our profound conviction that peace is a blessing conferred by God, on his terms, and available in no other way. It must be sought and defined in accordance with the divine revelation or it will prove but an elusive mirage, ever evading those who seek it.
Any movement for peace should beware of the spirit shown by the “wicked tenants” in our Lord’s parable, who, seeing the heir, rejected him and sought to seize the “inheritance” for themselves. Peace is one of God’s gifts. Can mankind seize this gift and at the same time reject the Prince of Peace? Here there may be a basic principle we all need to ponder.
Should not we heed the words of the Prophet Isaiah, ‘ “There is no peace, says the Lord, for the wicked’ ”? And, “But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot rest, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked.”
In judgment God took away peace from Israel. Through the Prophet Jeremiah, he says: “… for I have taken away my peace from this people, says the Lord.” There is ...1
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