Sermon: What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?Pastor Brian Zahnd | Friday, July 27, 2012 - 7:00 pm
For the first three centuries the church was consistently on a peacemaking mission. But once Christianity began to be conscripted as the state religion of the Roman Empire, the peacemaking witness suffered. Once again war became the accepted way of the world, and the way of Christ as the way of peace went out the window. This went on for centuries, but then World War I and World War II were waged, resulting in the killing of over 100 million people, and a new generation of young adults began to rethink things. The generation born following World War II would not cynically accept the status quo of violence and war, but rather, saw peace and love with a new imagination. What they were missing, however, was a messiah better than The Beatles. Peace, love, and understanding are the fruit of following the Prince of Peace. And though the Jesus Way will always have huge impacts on societal structures, Jesus never starts there. Rather, he always begins with transforming the human heart.