When the heart does not lead, or is not granted permission to lead, the head leads us astray - away from peace and into the endless arguments of doctrine. Humanity's ownership and activation of the intangible right to be right has been the culprit of most of history's savage wars, the demise of countless relationships, and the arch-enemy of peace.
We need look no further than to our own modern history and to the words of the U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, who described supposed American victories over terrorism thusly: I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was the real God and his was an idol.
Could it have also been said I knew my gun was bigger than his gun? Or perhaps that my God, a God of war, equipped me with a bigger gun to kill other children of God who might have a lesser or different understanding than me? Is God a weapon? One of mass destruction?
Whether in actual, physical war, or the war that rages between opposing ideologies, killing or destroying in the name of God is never the answer. The destruction of other religions should never be the aim of any religion. The peace of God is much different than the piece we claim to know. The peace of God is bigger than our individual piece of understanding. God's peace is greater than any religion's piece. Only when the pieces come together can we have total peace.
The peace of God can only be found when we conquer the need to be right and to prove others wrong. As long as we seek for peace via forcing others to believe as we believe or by convincing them that we're right - we will only inevitably end up with our piece of God - not the peace of God.
Quote of the Week
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."