Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
This weekend we launched a new series, “Peace.” To kick it off, we had Jon Huckins give the message.
Jon was a great start to the series as he is the co-founder of the Global Immersion Project, a nonprofit devoted to peacemaking by running toward, rather than away from, global conflict. This might seem like an unusual approach at first, but as Jon talked about in the message, peace is not passive. It’s intentionally moving toward conflict with a goal to heal rather than win.
In the message, Jon talked about how the mission of God is reconciliation, and we are also ambassadors of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). In light of this, there are four practical ways we can help carry out this mission:
SEE: We are called to see the humanity, dignity, and image of God in everyone. It is easy to demonize, point fingers, and reach poor conclusions in the midst of conflict, but we need to see as Jesus sees. When we would get defensive or even ignore, that is the time that we need to lean in the most.
IMMERSE: We are called to move toward conflict seeking to heal rather than to win. Just like Jesus didn’t conquer the Roman empire on a horse (like most Jews expected from the Messiah), but through a posture of vulnerability. In our politically divided world, the best way to immerse ourselves in a conflict from a healing approach is not through criticism but curiosity.
CONTEND: We are called to contend for relationships not by getting even, but getting creative in love. When we have the opportunity and the power to get revenge is the best time to demonstrate the love of Christ.
RESTORE: A holistic repair of severed relationships. This is the fruit of the hard work of the previous three points – once we see, immerse, and contend through conflict, restoration – and peace – is possible.
What are some tangible ways you can see, immerse, contend, and finally restore in the midst of conflict?
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