Makota Fujimura on peacemaking

from the Introduction to Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture

Why art in a time of war? Jesus stated, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God’ (Matthew 5:9). The Greek word for peacemakers is eirenepoios, which can be interpreted as ‘peace poets,’ suggesting that peace is a thing to be crafted or made. We need to seek ways to be not just ‘peacekeepers’ but to be engaged ‘peacemakers.’ In such a definition, peace (or the Hebrew word shalom) is not simply an absence of war but a thriving of our lives, where God uses our creativity as a vehicle to create the world that ought to be.