Cultivating Peace in Times of Uncertainty

Lauren Carr, who works in our International/Development department, wrote this nice piece on the recent election that I want to share with you all:

Hope and Change.  Those buzzwords popularized by the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign continued to ring in the air as the majority of our country chose to move Forward this year.  Many writers and political analysts touted this election as the “most important one in our lifetimes.” And some considered the outcome to be so significant that it requires the removal of stars from our flag!  


Regardless of your political leanings, two biblical truths hold us steady in the wake of November 6, 2012. The first is that followers of Christ are foremost citizens of a foreign land. We long for a heavenly country and wait for a city with foundations, whose builder and maker is God (Heb. 11).  The second thing of which we can be sure is that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). Even when righteous men and women are at the helm, their leadership will undoubtedly pale in comparison to that of Jesus! This doesn’t mean we don’t fight to uphold godly legislation and authority in the kingdom of men, but it does mean that as citizens of heaven, we ultimately place our hope in the sovereign leadership of our King.


Part of being a peacemaker is cultivating peace within ourselves in times of uncertainty. After receiving the peace of being reconciled to God, our constant supply of peace comes from leaning into His sovereignty. Those in your sphere of influence watch as you react to changing times, and your steadiness as a peacemaker in your community depends on your foundation on the Rock that is higher. Let us hold fast to peace together and thereby communicate the Gospel no matter the time and season.

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About Fred Barthel

I've been on staff with Peacemaker Ministries since 2000, working with IT, web, communications, and marketing. I currently serve as Director of Marketing and Communications (though my background is in engineering... go figure!). I'm a lay leader at my church, I'm married to Tara (who you might know as co-author of the book Peacemaking Women), and I'm the father of two little girls. My life is rich with opportunities to observe conflict and reconciliation!

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