The campaign is on to establish a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace. Introduced to congress by Dennis Kucinich, a U.S. Department of Peace (H.R. 808) would be dedicated to studying conditions that would promote domestic and international peace, as well as develop policies that would establish resolutions to national and international conflicts. This department would establish policy to create a “culture of peace”.
The bill calls for “peace training and education” at all levels of society, the creation of the office of Secretary of Peace, the establishment of a U.S. Peace Academy, the institution of Peace Day and the establishment of policy for the prevention of conflict. The goal would be to prevent violence and conflict in all forms. Those who support this legislation state that violence occurs in forms other than physical; therefore this department would establish policy (“solutions”) that would prevent “verbal and emotional violence “ as well.
God’s Word tells us that the reason for conflict, violence and evil in the world is sin and rebellion against God. We know that the only solution is the Prince of Peace, God’s Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. The real peace issue is whether a person has the forgiveness of sins (justification) that Christ provides to those who trust in Him. Real peace is the peace that is established between guilty sinners and a holy God, through the mediation and intercession of Jesus Christ, by the covenant in His blood, through faith.
What does a U.S. Department of Peace mean for us? If you read the bill, you will notice that the language suggests the probability of establishing laws or policies that would make the teaching, preaching and telling of the Gospel, illegal (thus “preventing religious conflict”). The Gospel brings peace for those who believe, and conflict for those who reject it. For those who are promoting the one world religion, the goal is to silence the message that Jesus promised would cause conflict (Matt.10:34), all for the goal of “world peace” and global spiritual unity.
We know what our response to such legislation must be. By God’s grace, and by His Spirit, we must obey God rather than men and continue to be witnesses of the Gospel with boldness, humility, and compassion for the lost, declaring Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom.5:1
This legislation is promoted by New Age guru Marianne Williamson (A Course in Miracles) and fits right in with the U.N. Millennium Goals.
The young men in the photos are listening to Isaiah 53 being read, and hearing the Law and the Gospel.
Thanks for this post.
I’m often surprised by the negative response the Department of Peace idea receives from some religious communities. I understand the concern about religion having less of a role in society, but there’s nothing in H.R. 808 about taking away religious practice rights. For religion to remain relevant, it must be attractive to worshippers and must find a way to fit in with societal trends, not reject them because of fear of displacement. A true, decent religion should be able to stand and grow on its own.
I am grateful to all religions that teach the message of peace and sacrifice for the good of others. Many followers of the different prophets are better people because of their faith and the world is a better place because of it. Those peacemakers I will continue to encourage and support. But many people get the wrong message from religion, and use it to oppress and dominate others. Still many others will reject religion altogether, for a variety of reasons. Those are the people evangelicals should continue to reach out to with the message of peace through faith. Those people also need the help that the Department of Peace will provide to gather the skills they needs to resolve their conflicts through nonviolent means.
True believers know that might does not make right and that one must often turn the other cheek to break the cycle of violence. These are the same types of skills that the Department of Peace will disseminate to create a culture of peace. I would hope believers would welcome the possibility of such a heaven on Earth.
hello Ted, thanks for stopping by. About H.R. 808 and religious practice rights, the language in the bill is very open to mean potentially anything in its application of ‘preventing physical, verbal and emotional violence’, and ‘establishing policy for the prevention of conflict’. According to the bill, anything that causes conflict will have to be prevented.
Regarding the rest of your comments, you know as well as I there is a global movement to unite the world’s religions together as one (Alliance of Civilizations, United Religions Initiative, etc.) through faith in a global spirituality.
I understand what you (and the peace movement) are saying about war and physical violence, but the goals of becoming a better person, creating a culture of “world peace” and attempting to attain heaven on earth is not only futile but irrelevant in light of the fact that one day, guilty, rebellious, sinful people will face the holy, just, creator God who will judge individuals, and the world, in righteousness, and then establish His own Peace, Himself.
The issue is, do you have peace with God? On our own, we are enemies of God and must face the consequences unless God provides the remedy. That’s where Jesus comes in. Jesus is the peacemaker.
Do you have a car alarm?
Do you have a house alarm?
Do you own a gun?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, is it because you want to protect yourself and your property from the rise in violence and crime?
Therein lies the sole purpose of the federal legislation (HR-808) to help prevent violence in America.
Hello there anonymous. I understand what you are saying about physical crime and physical protection. No one would argue that.
My article speaks to the language in the bill, and of those who promote it, which states belief in “violence of an emotional and verbal nature”.
The bill states plans to create policy that would prevent such.
Whoa, just another thing along with “hate crime” laws to try to silence the gospel. We must preach all the more bolder. We had it good for so long in America. We will be tested, stand strong, my brothers and sisters. I live in a state where they have the 3 strikes law, meaning it could be possible to go to prison for the rest of my life. They may not have this law any more. But I’m not sure. Either way I pray that God will protect us and that we will be able to stand firm in God’s word and for his purposes. Thanks for sharing this with us. 🙂
Amen , that’s right Melissa! and thank you for your internet radio show, dear sister!