I was a child of the 60’s and blossomed in the 70’s, “the Peace Movement decade”, which was anything but peaceful. The lingering Vietnam war, campus riots, the Jim Jones mass suicide/murder case and many other social injustices brewed anger. Peace signs were everywhere from wall graffiti to embroidered on our bell bottoms, purses, and book covers.
The Beatles came on the scene and turned pop rock culture on its head, not only because of their pleasing abandonment to energetic musical expression, but also because they used their platform for political and social expression in a period when everyone wanted new and public venues of expression.
The church embraced the peace movement in so far as connecting with the culture and we sang songs such as the one below. Youth groups became the poster child of the traditional church, meeting in coffee houses and other such non traditional settings.
Often the most vociferous protestors for peace seemed to emanate the least amount of it. But in spite of a decade or more of clamoring for political and public peace, it remained illusive on many levels. That’s not really surprising because true peace is not about our circumstances or world affairs that effect us. Circumstances may rock our world, but they can’t steal our inner peace once we have time to reflect on God’s perspective.
Oswald Chambers said in his August 26 “My Utmost for His Highest” devotional, ‘Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God’s providential permission…is all barren? Then look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus. Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself….Lay it all out before Him, and in the face of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him…’ John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”