The author of peace

By Jan Davis
Special to The PREVIEW

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.” — 1 Corinthians 14:33a (KJV).

Our nation is under siege. It is full of confusion and chaos as man chases after truth. We see racial tension on both sides. People march in protest against what they believe is injustice. Religious factions attempt to divide our nation and the principles upon which we were founded. Our leaders are at a standstill on the course of action to bring peace to our cities. We pray for a semblance of peace as we search for solutions where none can be found.

We are a nation founded upon basic principles. All men are created equal with the same rights. Freedom of speech, freedom to gather in a peaceful assembly and freedom to bear arms. Freedom in the pursuit of happiness and justice. Freedom to worship in the church, synagogue or temple of our choice.

As Christians, we are to be a part of the solution, not the problem. God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. Christ came so that man might have life and life more abundantly.

He came to earth as an example of God’s love for mankind. He loved the unlovable. He demonstrated mercy to the hurting and grace to the lost. He did not care if he was in the home of the wealthy or the outcast. He treated all the same. He shared forgiveness with the Samaritan as well as the Pharisee. Christ came to bring peace to the world and the world rejected Him.

Our nation has also rejected Christ and the principles upon which His ministry was built. They have denied God’s truths and believed the lies of men.

It is not about the color of our skin, political affiliation or religious beliefs. It’s about right and wrong. It’s about loving your neighbor as yourself and forgiveness.

As Christ followers, it is our duty to share Christ in our communities. Speak truth, seek justice and live a righteous life so others may see Christ in us, our hope and salvation.

We can impact the lives of those in our sphere of influence. We can bring peace to our neighborhoods and it will overflow into our cities and states. We can make a difference one life at a time, as we unite with one cause — to live in peace with our neighbor.

Don’t allow the freedoms others have fought so bravely to defend be taken from us. It is time for our nation to go back to its roots and the concepts upon which it was built. Because of these beliefs we have overcome hardships and diversities in our past to be united in one cause. That this nation under the leadership of God will have a new birth of freedom — and that this government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish.

Join me in praying for our leaders, military, police officers and first responders, who have dedicated their lives for the continued safety and peace of our nation.

Because of Jesus, we can live in peace.

I love you, but Jesus loves you more.

This story was posted on September 22, 2016.