Beware of Loving Human Peace Too Much

“Peace, therefore, as we now have it, is to be treated as something that ought to be both loved and contemned; otherwise, if it is loved immoderately, the soul of him who loves it may be caught in sin. Consequently, the peaceable are also to be admonished not to desire human peace too much and so fail entirely to reprove the evil conduct of men.”

I came across this as I was reading St. Gregory the Great’s “Pastoral Care” this morning. It is a very good reminder, both to pastors as well as members of the congregation. No one likes to be a “disturber of the peace.” As a pastor I can say that nothing gives me more angst than to have to speak up when something is amiss. We love our peace–our earthly peace. We love concord, and that’s not a bad thing. Gregory says we should love it. But he also says we should hate it too. We should not get so comfortable with this world’s peace that we dare not risk it by opening our mouths in reproof or by pointing out an error in doctrine. The temptation is strong to maintain earthly concord, but to do this immoderately, says Gregory, we run the risk of jeopardizing our eternal peace.

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About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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One Response to Beware of Loving Human Peace Too Much

  1. Neither the church nor individual Christians devoted to God and His word can or should expect peace, as the world, and our own pagan land, intensifies its’ march toward secular humanism, cultural diversity, and anti-Christian sentiment. As I am nearly 70 years of age, I have lived long enough to remember when Christian values, though violated and often denigrated, commanded some respect. I thought, at least, my own land would always uphold religious freedom and viewpoint expression…in light of Constitutional guarantees now being undermined and ignored by liberal judges and an active leftist elite which has brought a Fascist atmosphere into society. Aided by a sympathetic media, a degenerate Hollywood element, leftist academics, and a radical Democratic Party…..the target has gone from the universities to the churches. Here in conservative Arizona, and the red state of Texas as well, the left has been very busy persecuting Houston Pastors, and the Arizona voters who passed an amendment supporting traditional marriage have been dismissed by the 9th Curcuit Court. The Supreme Court failed to rule and support religious freedom, an act of cowardice and political chicanery. Abortion remains well supported by the Democrats and others, and Planned Parenthood is supported by tax dollars. There will be no peace except for those Christians and churches which submit to the New Fascism. The compliant mainstream media barely reports, except reluctantly, incidents of religious persecution. In the bear future, expect churches to be sued for not marrying gays, despite temporary assurances at present. Peace will not be available for Christians here. Be strong in The Lord.

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