CLEARLY, a Christian understanding of peace means more than placidity on a personal level or polite resignation on a cultural level. Such simple-minded notions may even be what the founder of our faith renounced when he said that he did not come to bring peace but a sword. (See Matthew 10:34.) His own understanding of peace was a fierce and realistic one: that peace is nothing less than the sure sign of God’s presence among us, the be-all and end-all of God’s purpose for us.
—Barbara Brown Taylor, The Wondrous Mystery: An Advent Reader (Upper Room Books, 2019)
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
—Matthew 10:34 (NRSV)
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