Dear Parish Family,
Please note: in no place in the Gospel does Jesus say, “Blessed are those who refrain from shooting some jerk in the face with a bazooka when he really deserves it, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” He does, however, say “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
Christ also doesn’t say that being a peacemaker is easy; however, for those of us who desire to see God, it is vital. Being a true follower of Christ means desiring to act like Christ. We are called to something higher than merely refraining from violence; we are called to truly embrace peace.
Our world and our community are filled with violence. We turn on the news and hear about real-life people killing each other over petty squabbles; we watch a movie and see so-called heroes perpetrating death and destruction on a huge scale presented under the guise of entertainment. Video games seem mainly to involve looking down the sights of a gun at another player.
It’s easy to say that’s not us; that there is a different between entertainment and reality. And, sure — there is a difference… there is a blurry, blurry line between the two. And what do I suggest doing about it? What do we do to fix the world?
Absolutely nothing, I suppose. I’m not looking to fix the world from the top down. I’d rather fix myself and trust the world to tend to its own problems. I’d rather start at the ground floor and work up. And, for me, the fix involves unblurring the line a little bit… it involves rejecting the violence and embracing the role of peacemaker, for there is no higher calling than to be counted among the Children of God.