Some Want Peace – Some Want Strife

On June 17th a shooting occurred in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. In the aftermath, nine people having a Bible Study were dead. Dylann Roof, 21, has been captured and charged with a mass murder. Dylann reportedly has told investigators that he “wanted to start a race war”. Following the news a Facebook image was circulated showing Roof wearing attire adopted by white supremacist groups.

We see in this recent news article a desire to cause strife and we wonder how that lines up with the Bible. The question is if God desires peace, strife or doesn’t care. To start, we see Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. We also note that God gives peace to His people and desires people to live peacefully with one another. One of the Ten Commandments states that people should not murder. Clearly the actions described in this news article are contrary to God’s desires for mankind.

The Bible also states that God hates seven things, four of them seem to be associated with the actions in this news report. They are hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, and one who sows discord. God is against strife and desires peace.

An interesting side note to this story is that the media is discussing if this should be called a terrorist act or a mental illness. One has to assume that these people are uninformed because the actions described are sin. The Bible even tells us how it starts and where it ends. Everyone is tempted to do something opposed to God ‘s desires from time to time. This is where the battle begins. We either win at this point or lose. If we lose we get carried away and perform the sin. When sin is full grown, it gives birth to death. Did you know that what you love and nurture will grow? What do you nurture – righteousness or sin?