Pella Chronicle


May 3, 2013

‘Real Peace’

Pella —

In the wake of the horrific terrorism that overshadowed the Boston Marathon, the question was raised by a cable news commentator, “What will it take to get real peace in this country?”
Before such a question can ever be truly answered, we need to ask and answer this, what is real peace? We might follow that inquiry with these questions: What is peace to you?
Is it the absence of war that defines peace? Is it the removal of conflict, strife, turmoil, or persecution? Perhaps, peace is a combination of harmony, tranquility, and passivity. When does peace begin and when does it end?
A person may sincerely desire peace, and all sinful people need peace, but not everyone understands the need for peace or even understands what real peace is.
In our greeting card age, the world has made distinctions regarding peace. There is the faith aspect to peace that would correlate to a Christian peace, a Jewish peace, or even a Muslim peace. And then there is that secular peace. Platitudes exchanged in a sort of general arm-length away that says, you have your peace and I have my peace, so let’s make peace by respecting each other’s peace.
The problem is that peace by its very definition is really singular because to have two “peaces” is to have conflicting definitions, and conflict by its definition suggests the absence of peace. There can only ever be one true sense of peace, and the real questions are what is that peace, and who is behind it?
We need a peace that transcends all understanding, a peace that Isaiah prophesied: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). 

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