Last Sunday, Chet mentioned the concept of Pax Romano and that simple phrase yanked me back to my high school years where I took four years of Latin just so I could get out of Home Economics. But I vividly remember translating (or trying to) Caesar’s Gallic Wars (ugh!).
Pax Romano just means the Peace of Rome. It was an expression that covered over 200 years of history, a time when the Roman rule covered most of the then known world. Rome’s influence extended from Morocco to England and in the east, all the way to Iraq. Some 70 million people lived under the banner of Pax Romano.
Those years of peace were highlighted by some amazing engineering feats. The Romans built thousands of miles of roads, invented concrete, built some amazing bridges and designed aqueducts that can still be seen today.
But I am more interested in Pax Christi, the peace of Christ. That Latin phrase is used in many Catholic circles, but I think it speaks to our Coast Hills family as well.
The heart of our Savior is focused on our peace. He made peace with God possible by His sacrifice on the cross. By His stripes, we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). The scripture calls Him the “God of Peace” in 1 Thessalonians 5:23. And, Christ makes the peace of God rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15).
Pax Christi is so much more than just a Latin phrase. The peace of Christ permeates everything we do. Because we have peace with God, we can be a settled and encouraged church. All the confusion and frustration associated with our current crisis doesn’t need to affect us. We can be a bold congregation helping to stabilize our families, our neighborhoods and our community.
And because we have peace from God, we are empowered in our witness. We can share generously. We can help tirelessly. We can reach out in all directions simply because He has emboldened us to do so.
That kind of personal, emotional and spiritual strength ought to impact everything we do and say. That peace is our safety net. That peace reflects our marching orders. That peace is our “shibboleth” phrase. That peace is the substance of our hope.
So, this week, let’s dust off our foreign language books and think a bit about Pax Christi. Let’s have some regular communion with the Lord. Let’s affirm our connection with Him. And let’s be guided by the convictions that we have because of Him.
Peace. Christ’s Peace. Thou hast taught us to say, “It is well with our soul!”
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.