“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”â€“ Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
The whole discussion about the Christian Peacemakers Teams has got me thinking about this verse from the Sermon on the Mount. I donâ€™t really agree with how the CPT chooses to do what they do. And Iâ€™m not sure I even agree with most of their basic premises, although I canâ€™t bring myself to point my finger at them and say, â€œYou are wrong.â€
Perhaps Iâ€™m wrong.
I decided I need to spend some time looking at my whole understanding of that verse above and what Jesus really meant when he said it.
Now Iâ€™m no theologian. Iâ€™m not even especially smart. But I do know how to read. And I think I can ask some decent questions.
Who was Jesus referring to when he spoke this particular beatitude?
What do peacemakers look like? What do they do?
What does it mean to be called a son of God?
The good news is we have a whole ton of resources available. Our church is in the middle of a series on the Be-Attitudes. So I am obviously looking forward to the week we are taught about the peacemakers.
John Piper is one of my favorite current heavy theological thinkers. He has an article on the subject, appropriately titled Blessed Are the Peacemakers, which I think I will read a few more times before I get started.
That should give me enough to get started on in amongst all the other life obligations I haveâ€¦