5. What’s Next

It’s great if all of this resonates within us as truth, but it’s not worth much if we don’t live differently as a result of what we’ve learned.

Being a Christian pacifist doesn’t mean passively doing nothing. Christian pacifism is incredibly counter-cultural and requires getting actively involved in trying to find non-violent ways to resolve confrontational situations, hopefully before they escalate out of control. Peace is a way of living, not a goal to be attained. To put it another way…we can’t use violence to ultimately achieve peace. If we want to see peace in the world, it begins with creating peace within ourselves, and then in our relationships, homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, churches, nation and eventually our world. Baby steps.

When I talk to people about peaceful Christianity, often the biggest stumbling block is that they’re not sure how they would personally react in situations where they think using violence would be their immediate reaction – such as their family being threatened. They don’t want to be hypocritical (and who does?) so they abandon the whole idea completely. The truth is, nobody really knows how they would react in extreme situations like these, but if we actually live out the peace teachings of Jesus and falter sometimes…that’s okay. What really matters is being honest enough to say to ourselves “I know how Jesus wants me to live, so I’m going to at least try to live that way – even if I don’t always succeed.” We all have a choice to either have faith in what Jesus taught or figure that he didn’t really know what he was talking about when he taught a non-violent way of living and just make up our own version of how we want to live.

One good way to learn more about this is to connect with a church that has core values that are aligned with the peace teachings of Jesus. Because the Mennonite Church has a 500 year history as a “peace church”, we’ve included links to their church directories in Canada and the USA to help you find the closest location. If there isn’t a location near you, some of these churches also offer sermon downloads.

Mennonite churches in the USA

Mennonite churches in Canada

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Now it’s up to you to decide whether or not you’re going to try to follow the

peace teachings of the historical Jesus. If you do, we think Jesus will approve.

 

 

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Peace out.

 

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Got questions? Email: thepeacefulchristian@yahoo.com

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