By Jeremy Carper
Published in The Christian Science Monitor, October 26, 2011
Who are the peacemakers? I read with interest the stories of the three women selected as this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners. I also enjoy this publication’s series on “People Making a Difference,” stories of unsung heroes around the globe whose efforts make for happier and safer lives for millions. They certainly qualify as peacemakers.
I also can name a couple of folks in my city who quietly have gone about doing good, bringing reconciliation to others, if not recognition for themselves. And even in my own family there’s one. I heard for the first time not long ago about one of our sons, who, when in high school, saw an ugly altercation developing between two other young men and then silently placed himself, arms folded, between the quarreling two until the heat abated. So a peacemaker might not be famous. He or she might be the neighbor down the block as well as a Nobel Prize laureate.
That led me to think of one of Christ Jesus’ Beatitudes, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matt. 5:9). Clearly, he thought that being a peacemaker was an office worthy of the highest approval of God – His blessing. Bringing peace at any level is a Godly task, one that mirrors the action of the ever-present and healing Christ. Our communities, our legislative bodies, our governments all need more of this Christly activity. The world yearns for peacemakers at every level.