God’s Judgment and the World’s False Peace
Jn. 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
A deception those in the world attempt to impose on Christians is in regard to peace being a superior quality than judgment. The idea, as Nietzsche stated, was that peace goes beyond good and evil.
That’s another way of saying if we enter into discernment and judgment concerning good or evil actions, there can never be peace; that’s correct. Jesus stated in the scripture above that He doesn’t give peace as the world gives. What He gives is a peace that emerges out of God’s judgment. After all, if there is no judgment there is no need for salvation or a Savior.
For a long time, many Christians have been duped because of the manipulative use of the word peace in regard to undermining the idea of God’s judgment. It’s similar to the misuse and abuse of the word love in the Bible, where it is presented as an emotion rather than treating one another in alignment with the commandments of God.
The Scriptures are very clear that love is the fulfilment of the law. That doesn’t mean having nice emotions toward somebody is the fulfilment of the law, but treating others in accordance with the law is how love is defined from God’s point of view in the Scriptures.
It’s similar in relationship to peace, in that Biblical peace has little to do with putting up with evil being afflicted upon people and letting it go in order to keep the peace between one another.
Just as there is no salvation without judgment, neither is there peace without judgment; judgment is a precursor to both.
When the world calls for peace in various areas, such as religious, world, societal or racial peace, what it’s really calling for is the suspension of judgment so that people can allegedly co-exist. The obvious problem there is evil actions produce victims, and the throne of God via governing authorities, requires the use of the sword in cases that call for capital punishment or restitution.
If there is no Biblical justice and judgment implemented in the legal codes of the nations, it’s only inviting vigilante actions, or in larger cases, potential wars between nations.
As James asks in chapter 4:1, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”
The answer to the practical expression of this evil is the law of God and its accompanying penalties. If the evil within results in breaking God’s laws, then God requires the appropriate penalties to be applied.
That’s what brings peace to a people, not the acceptance of a false peace that allows evil actions to go on unabated.
This is why people endlessly repeat, out of context, the Scripture about not judging others. If there is no judgment, then there can never be any peace because anything will be allowed without consequences, such as is happening in our day in many cities run by leftist Democrats, as far as America goes.
As for not judging others, it refers to those engaging in the same sins as those they’re judging. In those cases, by condemning others while partaking in the same sin, we’re judging ourselves, and will be judged accordingly.
Jesus doesn’t give a peace free of judgment, but rather, gives us a peace that embraces judgment and the salvation He provides for those that repent of their sins and have faith in Him. That’s the peace He gives.
The world offers peace that attempts to disregard good and evil in order to allow for their wicked sins. This is an idol that needs to be destroyed and rejected by Christians.
A recent example of this is in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse. The left is outraged that he was exonerated for defending himself against evil. Among several reasons is the fact they believe they should have peace extended toward them no matter what their actions are.
It doesn’t matter that it comes at the expense of a potential victim like Rittenhouse. Peace to them is doing whatever they want without receiving the consequences their actions deserve, from a Biblical standpoint.
We’ve all seen where that type of peace leads to, as Portland and other cities continue to burn, or looters can come into retail stores and steal what they want with little or any consequences.