“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9.
Today, all around the world, people commemorate the armistice that ended the Great War–the war which was supposed to end all wars–and honor the men and women who have served in the defense of their nations. War is a terrible thing, and those who have had to participate in it should be remembered.
But what of those who have fought for the cause of peace? When do we honor those who have dedicated their lives to bettering the world around them? In His Sermon on the Mount, Christ singles out the peacemakers and says that they will “be called the children of God.” The cause of peace is on that all who seek after God are to advance. The follower of Christ is to be an advocate for peace; the pursuit of peace is one of the many traits that allow the world to identify those who follow Christ. Later in the New Testament, Christ says that there will always be wars and rumors of wars. Sin and man’s fallen nature push humanity toward conflict and destruction. It is only though Christ that one can truly push for the cause of peace. By advocating for peace, we can help to advance the Kingdom of God.
Honor those who live and fight for peace, those who work to help the poor and forgotten and down-trodden, those who fight for the dignity of all people, those who speak out against greed and corruption. Pursuing peace is not a sign of weakness; pursuing peace is a sign of a changed heart. Pursuing peace is the pursuit of God.