“For when they shall say, ‘Peace and Safety,’ then sudden destruction shall come upon them as a pregnant woman in travail, and they shall not escape.” I Thessalonians 5:3
In Matthew 10:34, Jesus said He had not come to bring peace into the world but a sword. We know this sword is His Word. There is much redefining of the Gospel of Christ since the conforming power and influence of social media platforms. Well-funded organizations with agendas rule the “free” cyberspace once hailed as a liberating force for good.
Now. Jesus is recast as a fighter for social justice, a unifying force for human rights, and a lobbyist for special interest groups. Across the vast vocal spaces, He is cast in a false image: a leader who fights for equality, the dignity of the human race, an example for those who strive to make the world a better place.
That all sounds good, and there are parts of this gospel which Christ would approve; the problem is that this “gospel” of the brotherhood of man is not His Gospel. The prophetic books, from Daniel to Revelation, predict that men will sell out — sell their very souls — for peace and safety. But this peace will be false, because God is not in it. A false peace is coming. It will seem right since we are being prepared for it all day long, every day. Men’s hearts will fail them for fear. They will accept peace and safety at any cost. There will be no more freedom.
There is no peace apart from the Prince of Peace, Yeshua Hamashiach, Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Peace must begin with the individual. Finding peace is a spiritual battle. The enemy is the author of confusion. The Bible shows us plainly that “The thief cometh but to steal, to kill, and to destroy, but I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”
We keep investing our hopes and dreams in men: lovers, politicians, the mental strangulation of social media “groupthink.” We mock what we don’t understand, share memes without knowing the source, believe whitewashed journalism without tracing the root. We don’t follow the money to special interest groups or billionaires with killer agendas.
If we pray for peace, we must do so Biblically. There is a peace that passeth understanding, but this peace does not come through policies, political parties or social justice measures.
Peace must begin with the individual. Here is a way to pray for true peace:
- We must throw our agendas away and lay down our lives for Jesus, the Anointed of God. We must allow His saving, delivering power to wash us from the sin that keeps us living in darkness. We must enter the light.
- We must recognize the true enemy. Our war is not against flesh and blood. The prince of the powers of the air has come to take peace and create chaos. The angels battle these powers with us. To lay blame is to waste time we don’t have.
- We must renounce our idolatry. Much of our inner chaos, fear, and anxiety comes from past baggage we have allowed to attach to us and drag us down like anchors weigh down a ship. No peace is possible while we bow to the idols in our lives. Even seemingly good things can become idols. We can be codependent, seeking solace and purpose in everything that is not God: spouses, children, affairs, material goods, drugs, alcohol, fame, even a platform for truth that brings us an audience that supports our need for validation.
- We must seek out the root of violence, injustice, and upheaval in our communities, recognizing that our greatest weapon is praying in the Spirit. Secret prayer-warfare does not bring attention to the enemy and does not give him room to take more lives and cause greater confusion. Secret prayer-warfare goes to the root under the authority of Jesus in the power of His Word. The enemy operates in organized chaos. If we follow the money, since the love of money is the root of all evil, we can see the truth and lay the spiritual ax to the root. Men with big bank accounts and powerful agendas manipulate images and distort facts. This is a means to an end. We know that this chaos will give birth to a peace movement with false promises of false hope. This fake peace will end in sudden destruction. We must know when and how we are being manipulated.
Praying for peace means receiving forgiveness for the bitterness and anger in our own hearts. There is a peace that passes understanding, but it does not come to the self-righteous, nor to the offended, not does it come to the proud. None of us can claim that we are right, or pure, or holy, or innocent. We have all put out knee on George Floyd’s neck by allowing the enemy to run wild with deception, oppression, murder, and hatred. In this way, George is a martyr, a sign, a believer who suffocated under the poisonous air we now breathe.