O u r C a lling 11 The Way of Peace 10 Peace is the very nature of the kingdom of God; Christ entrusted his church with the gospel of peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” He himself is our peace, and in him all division is overcome. He wants us to be makers of his peace. For this purpose, he assigns us to be in the world, but not of the world. We must not be conformed to the present world, which has fallen subject to sin and death, powers that are at enmity with God. But neither are we to despise it. “God so loved the world….” Christ calls us to the same love. In his service, we cannot withdraw or cloister ourselves. He asks us to be the city on the hill, the light on the lampstand, and the salt of the earth. His church is to be the embassy of his kingdom of peace, stationed in the present age as in a foreign jurisdiction. We seek to fulfill this calling by working together with others of goodwill, whether or not they are confessing believers. In our experience, Christ can work even in people who deny him with their lips. Our task is to recognize him in each person and to point all people to him. 11 What does it mean to be peacemakers? Jesus instructed us: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who persecute you, and forgive as you need to be forgiven. He taught: Do not resist those Is 9:6–7; Ps 85:8–13; Rom 14:17 Acts 10:34–38; Eph 6:14–15 John 14:27 Eph 2:14–18; Mic 5:4–5 Matt 5:9; Ps 34:11–14 John 15:18–19; 17:14–18 Rom 12:2 John 3:17; 12:47 John 3:16; Matt 5:43–48 Col 2:20–23; Jer 29:7 Matt 5:13–16 2 Cor 5:18–20 Heb 13:14; 1 Pet 2:9–11 Mark 9:38–41 Heb 11:31; Josh 2 Is 44:24—45:7 Matt 21:28–32; 25:31–46 John 1:9; Matt 8:5–13 Matt 5:38–48; Exod 23:4–5 Matt 18:21–35 Luke 6:27–36