The Peace Weapon
On April 3, 1832, in his home in St. Joseph, Missouri, Jesse James and the two Ford brothers were planning their next bank robbery. On the living room wall, was the framed motto: “God Bless This House”. Jesse noticed it was hanging askew and as he stood up to straighten it, Bob Ford shot him to death.
“The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy,” declares the Bible in Proverbs 29:24. What is more, he may sooner or later lose his life, sometimes at the hands of a so-called friend, for there is no honor among thieves.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter drew his sword to fight off the armed posse which had come to arrest Jesus. But the Lord restrained Peter: “Put your sword back into its place…for all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). No one knew better than Jesus the true nature of human beings. He knew that from the heart proceed all kinds of sins, including murder by word and deed. He also knew that the sword cannot be used to convert sinners. A Christianity by compulsion is no Christianity at all. That’s why Jesus appeals to all people with His love. Only such love, as God’s peace weapon, can turn people around and make them children of God.
As our nation celebrates another birthday this month, I pray that instead of homes where not only wall mottoes but morals are crooked, we might have homes where love and peace prevail. Then God will be able to use us to make this a better world.
May Christ’s Peace prevail in your heart and home.
Pr. Jim Trutwin