Peacemaking and Violence

How do you respond to injustice and oppression in the world? Do you react with vengeance and violence? How did Jesus respond to all the evil around him? Listen as Paul Kiss unpacks this as we discover from Luke 6:27-36 how to resist evil and respond to evil. We learn that like Jesus we too are called to be Peacemakers to the world around us.

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Peacemaking and Violence

Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: April 22, 2018

Peacemaking isn’t passive. It is a response to injustice and oppression in the same way Jesus did. Text: Luke 6:27-36

1. Resisting Evil

Text: Matthew 5:9; Luke 6:27-36

2. Responding to Evil: Moving Beyond Dichotomies

Text: Luke 6:31

3. A Pacifist and a Policeman Walk into a Church

An interview with Detective Mark Stadig

4. Called to be Peacemakers

Text: Matthew 5:9; Romans 13:8-10

Prayer of St Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

1. Up until this past Sunday, what has been your understanding of the “Pacifist” position? What is your reaction to that position?
2. How does understanding “Pacifism” the way Paul has described it this past Sunday change the way you respond? Does it change your response or no?
3. Divide into two groups.
a. One group will take Romans 13:1-7 and explain how these verses encourage Christians to be good citizens. What does that look like based on these verses?
b. The other group look at Romans 12:9-21 and 13:8-10 and write down the key points Paul is encouraging his readers with in how to love.
c. Each group should take 20minutes to discuss and list their answers.
d. Come back together as a single group. Assign a spokesperson for your group and talk about what you learned.
4. Taken as a whole, how are we to understand what the Apostle Paul has written in Romans 12:9-13:10?
5. Based on this study, and how you understand it, where do you agree as a group about what Paul is saying should be our response to evil or enemies? Where do you disagree?
6. Read again what Jesus says in Matthew 5:9; Luke 6:19-36. How are we to understand what Jesus is calling us to? What does he tell us to do? (Careful: If we say he didn’t mean it, or it is metaphorical, then that opens up a door to do this with all kinds of Jesus’ teaching. Personally, I think he meant it).
7. What are things we can do to build understanding, love, and acceptance of one another even if we disagree about this issue? (Cf. James 1:19-20; 1John 4:7-12; Mark 9:38-41).

1. Read the following paper by Timothy Geddert on “ Radical Peacemaking: Living With Our Diversity.”.
2. Read another article, watch a video, or listen to a podcast on this issue of peacemaking. However, make sure it is from the opinion that is opposite to yours. Think about your response to what they’re advocating.
3. What issue is there in your community that requires a peacemaker to pursue justice for others? Consider doing something about it.

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