Peacemaking and Peacekeeping

As I reflect back on my weekend and what I’ve come to learn in my faith tradition, peacemaking is not peacekeeping.

Peacekeeping is easy. It costs nothing. It requires only a head nod, keeping one’s mouth shut, a preservation of the status quo, flexible knees, propped-up feet, and a heart unwilling to change. But peacemaking is costly. It requires deep thought, innovation, creativity within community, an open mouth, steady knees, ready feet, and a heart willing to change and forgive.

Peacemaking is the act of disrupting injustices and a stubborn refusal to let hate win. Peacekeeping is the act of complicity to injustice and a stubborn refusal to let love liberate us all.

The reality of the moment is we can’t have both.

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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