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Eucharist: Peace - A False Peace

They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’
When there is no peace. Jeremiah 6.14

What is a false peace? It’s a peace that pretends that because I am alright, or my type of people are alright, that all is well with the world.  It’s a peace that refuses to see injustice or to act against unjust systems, concerning itself with no more than the well-being of oneself and those I like, or agree with.  It’s a shallow peace, built upon no more than a lack of immediate anxiety, or that is satisfied with comfort and not disturbed by that which is wrong in the world around. It’s a peace that allows others to be hurt in order that we might live lives of prosperity and luxury. False peace allows injustice to remain because it does not affect me directly. False peace is comforting and undemanding. False peace means peace achieved by force, violence and oppression, that considers that the subduing of adversaries is the way to peace.  False peace has a muscular Jesus who dominates rather than a servant King of grace. False peace is proclaimed when those who claim to follow the way of Christ are more concerned with appearance, or success, or dominance than the way of faith, hope, and love.

 

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