“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” - Philippians 4:8-9
Paul writes to urge us to live up to a high ethical standard. He doesn’t make it a Pollyanna story, denying the realities of violence that exist around us. Instead, he suggests that, while we struggle with the possibility of violence in our everyday life, we should be encouraged by the knowledge of God’s peace within us. Likewise, we should extend peace to all those we encounter. He presents values that we should hold in high esteem: honesty, truth, justice and purity. These bring peace and understanding.
May an honest approach to violence come to past to bring peace to all people, everywhere. Amen.
Rev. Brooks Barrick is a Disciples minister located in Indianapolis, Indiana. A graduate of Christian Theological Seminary and a Doctoral candidate at Anderson University School of Theology. The focus of his ministry is social justice. He is the local mission director for the 2017 General Assembly of the Christian Church (DOC).
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Our 2016 prayer vigil theme is Helping Our Children Heal from Violence. For more resources visit disciplesjustice4children.org and docfamiliesandchildren.org.