Shalom means much more than just peace. It means wholeness, completeness, fulfillment, contentment, harmony, well-being, security, and to be safe in mind, body, and estate. Shalom is not a superficial appearance of peace; rather, it is a holistic concept that profoundly impacts and changes us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
This kind of shalom does not come easy. There are no quick fixes or simple solutions. It’s often messy and uncomfortable, especially for those of us who don’t like our idea of peace being disrupted.
“…they dress the wound of the daughter of my people, but only superficially, saying, ‘There is perfect shalom,’ when there is no shalom.”Jeremiah 8:11 (CJB)
Just as the leaders of Israel tried to silence the poor and oppressed within their community, so today, leaders and perpetrators of abuse try to maintain the facade of peace by casting blame on the victim: “You’re stirring up trouble where there is none. Everything’s fine.”
We should desire–even thirst after–shalom for everyone, especially for the abused, marginalized, oppressed and outcast. Even when it means giving up some of our own comforts. For if “the least of these” are not experiencing shalom, then what we think we have is only a sham.
“…and let the shalom which comes from the Messiah be your heart’s decision-maker, for this is why you were called to be part of a single Body.”Colossians 3:15 (CJB)
Will you join us and fight for shalom?