This Sunday, my Pastor was preaching on the beattitudes, with me hearing about Peacemakers being called the children of God. There I was, paying attention yes, but inevitably fighting off thoughts of the wild west, holding the famed pistol in my hand; the Peacemaker, of course. Given the fact that westerns were never my thing, it wasn’t quite hard to tighten the reigns on my imagination and focus on what was being said. The more I listened, however, the more I was able to draw a link between the two.
Imagine a handkerchief donning, overall wearing, blue shirted, red-necked gentleman, polished sheriff badge and a magnificent beauty strapped round his waist… the Peacemaker; majestic, silver with a waxed mahogany grip. He patrols the streets on his valiant steed, Dustbreaker, ensuring that the town lies in safety and every cowboy, cowgirl and little munchkin could sleep in peace. All’s good and well, until the dreaded Tartar Tooth strolls into town with his group of lackeys. They cause a ruckus all about and everything seems to be going south for the sheriff.
That was, until Peacemaker comes out.
POW! BANG! BOOM! Shots fired out that masterpiece of a gun, shocking Tartar Tooth and his gang into high alert. If the sheriff wanted a fight, He was going to have one! Barrels bled, pierced by lead as a fiery shoot-out ensued. The sheriff was hard pressed to a wall, but he had a plan. He whistled, calling good old Dustbreaker to his aid. The thunderous gallop of four fine hooves drew there attention just long enough for the sheriff to make his move. With ease, the sheriff unloaded, taking out someone with every shot. Tartar Tooth narrowly escaped, unfortunately. “You will rue the day you crossed pistols with the infamous Tartar Tooth!” he shouted, scrambling up his retreating horse. The sheriff breathed a sigh of relief, recognizing that his work was not done, but for now, the town was safe, and that was all he needed to know.
Corny story, isn’t it? :p
If you aren’t lost as to how this relates to what I was speaking about earlier, then I applaud you! While as children of God, we most likely won’t be pitted up against the likes of villains with poor dental hygiene (although dental hygiene is an issue in itself), we are called to be the peacemakers of our day. While we are not going to be hunters of conflict, silencing them like some vigilante of justice, we can do our part as children right where we are! It’s more than just being the bigger man; for there is no pedestal that we have rights to claim a stance upon but that of death. As children of God, we ought to exhibit love; which means not harbouring hate and unforgiveness, but best of all, encouraging others in the Lord and seeking their happiness, even though it may cost you your own.
Next time you find yourself in the midst of conflict, think of yourself as that sheriff of the west. Don’t let them walk all over you, but as Jeremiah 29:7 says:
“And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.”
Chao! Love you all as usual 🙂