At our leaders meeting yesterday Chuck brought up a great observation from the book we’re reading for Men to Men. We usually are told to practice what we preach. Hypocrisy stinks. But Bahnsen argues, as good as it is to avoid hypocrisy, we shouldn’t be silent in our integrity. We should preach what we practice.
There’s reason for our confidence to draw near the throne of grace, “since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). We enjoy that peace with God as we commune with Him and the church, so we also should preach peace. I don’t mean preach as in, every man should become a pastor, or that everyone needs to host a 10-week Bible study on it in their home.
But we are not preaching “peace, peace” when there is no peace. That is dangerous. It’s dangerous because false peace is in place of faith. But we should be ruled by the peace of Christ (Colossians 3:15). “He Himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14), because “upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace” (Isaiah 53:5).
Preach the peace you practice, which functions as evangelism toward unbelievers but also functions as edification toward fellow believers. We live by faith, not only by what we see in front of us. We live in peace with God, so let that shape your vocabulary and your presence.