In a world of conflict and strife, the international vision of Peacemaker Ministries is that Christians and their churches around the world live at peace and positively impact their communities through their passion for peacemaking. The “peace of God” that Christians pursue is not the result of passively withdrawing from the world. Rather, it is the fruit of actively and fully engaging in conflicts that arise in everyday life, as well as in more complex societal issues, in ways that bring honor and glory to God.
Among other things, responding to conflict biblically means the following:
- Christians grow in character and maturity and demonstrate lifestyles of peacemaking by considering others before themselves, speaking the truth in love, and overcoming evil with good. This personal witness, reflecting our obedience to Christ’s command that we love each other, serves as a powerful tool for evangelism (John 13:34-35).
- The Christian church nurtures and demonstrates a culture of peace through which believers are reconciled to God and to each other. As the church more fully expresses what it means to live at peace, it becomes an instrument for addressing conflicts within society as a whole (Romans 12:14-21).
- Christian schools, organizations, and businesses integrate biblical peacemaking into their management styles, demonstrating the love of Christ and a unity in diversity that enables them to carry out their primary missions more effectively (Philippians 2:1-11).
The end result is that the church more completely fulfills its mission to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 19-20).
We live in extraordinary times. The speed of travel and the increasing capacity for connecting electronically make it possible to reach the world for Christ in ways never before possible. As we think strategically about the church and the opportunities unfolding around the world, however, we must strive constantly to serve God first, not ourselves. As Proverbs 16:9 reminds us, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
Peacemaker Ministries is privileged to engage in biblical peacemaking. Our resolve at home and abroad remains, as the Apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians, “to know nothing…except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).