Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dr. Russell Moore on "Christful Peace"

On the 19th of this month Dr. Moore reminded us that sometimes in our talk of "peace" we are not thinking of a biblical peace but a worldly peace.  In other words, there is such thing as a "Satanic peace" in contrast to a "Christful peace".  In his blog post provocatively titled "Christlessness is Peace" Dr. Moore comments:
"I find that, too often, I want a satanic peace, the kind that comes with Christlessness. I just want tranquility, to be left alone with the path in which I want to go. That’s the kind of peace that comes with slavery, and it’s attractive (Gal. 4:9). After all, peace with Pharaoh simply means making more stray bricks. Peace with the flesh simply means watching out for your own tribal loyalties. Peace with Satan simply means marching in rhythm with your desires toward a bloody grave (Eph. 2:1-3).
You can have a Christless pseudo-peace, for a little while.
But true shalom doesn’t leave us alone, as though we were orphans (Heb. 12:8). Christful peace prompts us to struggle (Heb. 12:4), to scream out for deliverance (Rom. 8:15), to be nailed down in execution (Mt. 10:38)."
Great thoughts from Dr. Moore.  A Christian's peace, true peace, is found by means of war; war on the world, the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride in possessions (including tranquil, undisturbedlonely peace). 

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