All of a sudden, Jesus’ confounding words from Chapter 12 of the Gospel of Luke begin to make sense: Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!
It’s not that Jesus was promoting violence. Rather, it’s that the Kingdom of God that he came to establish is a threat to the current world order because it exposes how just weak and corrupt and violent it really is. That’s why the Russian government will go out of its way to prevent even the priest of a tiny church speaking from out against it.
What should give us hope that the current world order will someday give way fully to the “peace on earth” of which angels sang when Jesus was born is this:
The original audience for Father Burdin’s message of peace, by his own estimates, was about 30 people. 10 people who were at church when he preached and about 20 people who saw it posted on the church’s website. That’s it.
But once the story got out about the Putin regime’s attempts to suppress his message, it got picked up by news outlets across the globe. Father Burdin’s message of peace has now been translated into tens of languages and heard by MILLION and MILLIONS and MILLIONS of people across the globe.
Peace might not win the battle, but peace will win the war!