One of the best books I read last year was “Radical Christian Discipleship” by John Howard Yoder. It is a collection of previously unpublished works edited brilliantly for readability on discipleship, non-conformity, and obedience to the cross. If you are looking for a great read on, just as the title states, radical Christian discipleship… read this book.
Peace is proclamation in the sense that we should talk not first of all about a social strategy for making the world a little less lethal, but about a victory already won. The gospel is about something that has already happened. It needs to make ripples. It needs to work down through the centuries. But the meaning of the gospel is not these ripples themselves. The meaning of good news is a victory already won. Our sense of what is going on in peace witness, in peace lobbying, in teaching, in rediscovering the meaning of reconciliation in family structures and every other level of our experience, would be very different if we saw peace as a proclamation and not a problem. Instead of thinking of an almost impossible task to be accomplished, we should root peace in the victory that has already been won. That Christ is Lord is not up to us to achieve but only to reflect.
John Howard Yoder, “Radical Christian Discipleship,” page 161.
How do you justify peace in your particular context? How can you proclaim peace in your particular time and place?