You know that peace sign? The one with the broken arms pointing downward on either side of a vertical line centered in the middle of an empty circle? Yes, that one! I don’t LIKE that peace sign!
A close friend and I had that conversation again just the other day. I asked her if she knew what that symbol was a representation of, but she didn’t know. I’m guessing that you don’t know either, so I’m going to tell you.
That “peace sign” is a stylized representation of a Russian (Communist) peasant facing a firing squad. That isn’t peace you’re looking at–it’s the representation of utter futility and hopelessness! The hopelessness we’re all supposed to feel in the face of the onslaught of “peaceful” Communism!
When my friend heard what I had to say, she choked and gagged on it! She realized she didn’t like that peace sign either!
I am not a Communist. You can’t even call me a socialist, or, more and more synonomous with communism and all it stands for, an American liberal or progressive, because I am NOT in agreement with their ideals of violent revolution, of violently dispossessing ordinary people of their hard-earned wealth to give it to people who aren’t willing to put their backs into it and work for that wealth themselves!
So that peace sign is NOT and will never ever be MY peace sign!
If you want to know my peace sign–look up! See that beautiful, snow white dove carrying an olive branch against a sky blue background? That dove is my peace sign!
The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, who comes to bring us peace in our hearts no matter what kind of storms are raging outside us. He carries an olive branch, the symbol of healing and restoration between us and God, and our fellow humans. Blue is the color of Heaven, from whence the Holy Spirit descends to calm our inner turmoil and conflicts.
Until we have peace in our own hearts and peace with God, we are INCAPABLE of experiencing peace with anyone else!
God’s peace is not the futile resignation of an angry abused hopeless person.
God’s peace doesn’t only exist when all the peasants or all the intelligentsia, or all of the bureaucrats or politicians, or all of any other group you can possibly name are dead! God’s peace most especially doesn’t exist when they are all slaughtered and gone. God’s peace isn’t a state born of hatred and striving, but an offering created by ultimate love.
God offers us peace in the now; peace with those we are at odds with, no matter where we find them. God offers us His peace to offer to them. And most incredibly, He offers us that peace with Him, and with our own flawed, continually failing and guilty human hearts!
I turned this design into a Christmas ornament because the way God made for us to find His peace is through His Son, Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate each year at Christmas. Every tree ought to have a reminder of God’s peace somewhere on it. If you don’t have one already, I offer you this one in the hopes that it might bless you.
It is my Christmas wish for you this season, that you will find God’s peace smoothing the troubled waters of your heart and your relationships.
May God bless you with His peace.