What does it mean to be a peacemaker, to follow in the ways of Jesus and promote peace in a world that feels so very dark and broken? I LOVED reading Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart’s Mending the Divides, and found myself underlining paragraph after paragraph. Check out some of my favorite quotes from the book, and leave a comment to win a copy of their book. Enjoy!
“What theology and politics had I inherited that allowed me to demonize – or at the very least turn a blind eye to – an entire people group?” (9)
“In Jesus, God had waged a decisive peace that worked, and it meant that people who weren’t going to survive would now flourish” (11).
“More than merely the absence of conflict or lack of violence, shalom indicates wholeness, completeness, fullness, salvation, and flourishing. Show up 397 times in the Hebrew Scriptures, shalom is used as a greeting, a description, a desired reality, and even a name for God” (23).
“Jesus consistently contended for both the marginalized and the powerful by humbly immersing himself into their broken lives with wisdom, compassion, and healing. Again and again we watch Jesus restore the health, identity, and dignity of the sick, oppressed, possessed, impoverish, uncertain, deceived, and accused” (39).
“I’m alive to the ways God is inviting me to step off the hamster wheel of morality and into life-giving spirituality, liberating me into the fullness of God’s mission of peacemaking” (54).
“Seeing is our first peacemaking practice” (71).
“Isolating ourselves from difference and disagreement doesn’t reflect a strong faith but a fragile one” (89).
“Because we like to fix things as quickly as possible and move on to the next thing, we have often failed to sit in the brokenness long enough to discern what contending should look like” (113).
“But Jesus was not referring to a one-day resurrection. He was referring to a today restoration” (133).
“Whether simple or challenging, it’s always a gut-wrenching process to identify the conflict and then recognize that each of us is, to one degree or another, both a victim and a perpetrator of the pain” (158).
Mending the Divides is just as dreamy as it sounds, I promise. Leave a comment below if you’d like to win a copy of the book. Also, head over to Instagram for more chances to win! Contest ends Friday, November 17th. Good luck!
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