SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.55 issue2Mentoring fathers who grapple with fatherhood issues in a faith-based context: A pastoral-theological reviewBreed's understanding of a biblical pastoral model: An exploratory, descriptive perspective author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand

Article

Indicators

Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • On index processSimilars in Google

Share


In die Skriflig

On-line version ISSN 2305-0853
Print version ISSN 1018-6441

Abstract

VILJOEN, Francois P.. A call for peacemaking: A perspective from the Sermon on the Mount. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2021, vol.55, n.2, pp.1-8. ISSN 2305-0853.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ids.v55i2.2708.

In a country burdened by violence and intolerance where many citizens claim to be Christians, a call to respond to a Christian ethics of peacemaking is appropriate. This article explores the instruction of the Matthean Jesus that his followers should be peacemakers amidst their exposure to violence. The point of departure is taken from the seventh beatitude 'blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God' (Mt 5:9). The motif of peacemaking is followed through in the rest of the Sermon on the Mount and then contextualised within the broader Matthean narrative. In the article the strenuous environment is considered in which the Gospel was written and the frequent occurrence of resistance, antagonism, violence and strife in the narrative. Instead of the endless and escalating chain of violence spawning yet more violence, Jesus breaks this chain. He instructs his disciples to be peacemakers. Peace starts with peace with God but ripples out to peace in families and among neighbours, until it comes to the most difficult part, peace with enemies. CONTRIBUTION: Based on this investigation, the article offers pastoral guidelines for Christians on how they ought to deal with a violent and intolerant environment

Keywords : peacemaking; peace; Sermon on the Mount; Matthean Gospel; violence; resistance; antagonism; pastoral guidelines; beatitude.

        · text in English     · English ( pdf )

 

Creative Commons License All the contents of this journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License