This whole issue around peace KEEPERS versus peace MAKERS is a huge trigger for me personally, in faith, in culture, and politically. I’ve written about it extensively such as here, Peacekeepers and Peacemakers.
Recently someone coined the term “peaceFAKERS” and I thought, just perfect. That pretty much sums it all up in one word! Nowhere in the Bible are Christians called to be peaceFAKERS. We are not told to sweep things under the rug, pretend all is well, and go along to get along. That is so not our calling, but in the Western world I feel like that mindset really dominates our culture.
I got really cranky yesterday with a good dozen popular Christian people like Franklin Graham who basically met that criteria of peacefaking in their various statements. I got off the internet, stopped reading, and today I am working on forgiving them their lack of insight. Peacefaking, peacekeeping, of the kind where you just drape a paper towel over a mess and pretend it isn’t there anymore, has done so much harm in the world. That’s like trying to put a bandaid over a raging infection because you don’t want to look at it. Do that to people enough and you’ll wind up leading them right into an amputation.
So when should you “fake the peace?” When somebody brings cool whip to a party rather than whip cream. When your hubby throws his socks on the floor. When kids and family are arguing too much at the dinner table. These are the times it is probably appropriate to attempt to temporarily smooth things over.
NOT when someone has just been mugged. Sexually abused. Or had an election stolen. All these Christian lectures about peace, unity, and forgiveness when you have a body laying right in front of you that has not even cooled is actually cowardice, evil, complicity. You yourself don’t know how to, or don’t want to deal with the situation, so you try to make it all just go away.
In fact, many of us have been far more damaged, far more harmed by a poor Christian response to our traumas, than by the trauma itself. True story!
Pretty sure the church even aided and abetted Hitler’s rise to power, by binding the conscience and silencing the nagging voice of so many Christians with lectures about Romans 13, “judge not,” and how we just need more “unity and peace.”
One final note, people also need to stop saying things like “God is judging America,” “America needs to repent,” and “America has died.” Wrong kind of words to be speaking over ourselves! We’re Christians called to bring grace down from heaven, not condemnation and death. America is her people, not her politicians, not her media, and not her Big Tech. People who have Jesus are not hapless victims waiting for God’s condemnation and judgement. That’s just all wrong and not the gospel at all.
In fact, God bless America! We are an amazing, incredible, beautiful, hot mess and that’s exactly why Jesus stepped into our world. God shed His grace on thee. Doesn’t matter where in the world you are, if you have Jesus, than God shed His grace on thee. Absolutely no condemnation or peacefaking required.