Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.Never be wise in your own sight.Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave itto the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:14-21
The Joys of the Political Season
We are on the front end of a season of presidential election politics here in the U.S. Our social media feeds are already dripping with political discourse. The deep division in our country between two ideologies has a way of bringing out the worst in us. We stop thinking, for the most part, for an entire season, and we start arguing over issues about which we are either completely ignorant or, in any other time of year, completely complacent.
Every issue, it seems, becomes colored by our political persuasion. Politics has hijacked some of the most important moral and ethical issues of our lifetime and has a way of disposing of them with much callous and little regard for truth or for fairness. The standard for public discourse connected to politics has reached an all-time low. The media outlets will be busy full time spewing out opinions that will somehow …
From Christian Unity Ministries to you and your church, we pray that 2015 brings lots of exciting new ways God will reveal Himself. We pray that He will continue to mobilize the peacemakers in your midst and that relationships in your life will glorify the Prince of Peace more than ever before.Church Whisperer will be taking a little time in the coming weeks to prepare for a new chapter as well. It will have a new look, a closer tie to Christian Unity Ministries, and a renewed sense of purpose to continue to pour into churches and church leaders. Thank you for your patience while we allow that new chapter to unfold in God’s timing. May God bless you and your church richly in the coming weeks and months! STAY TUNED!…
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14
At Christian Unity Ministries, we spend all our resources (material, creative, spiritual) pursuing peace in the midst of God’s people. We are actually pretty good at it, if I may say so myself. But make no mistake, real peace is not (and never will be) a product of human achievement. Our best efforts alone will never produce meaningful relationships, i.e., genuine community. Only the Spirit of God can do that. His presence…His peace. It is what separates the church from any other organization or group of people the world has ever known.
So, for us, Christmas is a celebration of the only real peace coming into our world. Peace which surpasses all our understanding. Peace which transcends all our differences. The Spirit of Peace incarnate, the Prince of Peace, born this day in the city of David.