“Peace Child” Reflection Essay

I never imagined that people such as the Sawi actually exist. I heard stories about them but in the book, Peace Child, written by Don Richardson, the issue has never been more personal. A question that kept arising as I read through the books, was why is treachery so valued? The people were obviously affected and each act of revenge or violence just stimulated more fear among the people. Yet, it was obvious that people kept hoping to trust because there was always hope to establish friendship and peace, even though most times it was regretted later on.New insights I gained about God while reading Peace Child was how God is so powerful, He is able to work in the most hopeless of places. This really gave me peace as I read this. Sometimes in this Biola bubble, our problems, while still huge, are microscopic in terms of fearing of being tortured and eaten.

Yet, if God can work amongst the Sawi, then God can certainly work amongst any situation. But then again, if the Sawi can completely leave their culture and traditional ways behind to passionately serve Christ, then how much more dedicated faithful I should be, instead of having a wandering heart.He has blessed me with comfort, fulfilling my needs, and I not only have taken so much for granted, but I don’t thank Him enough or give Him the dedication He deserves from me. This book has convicted me and brought me to reflection of what and whom I am truly serving.

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And just how important it is to always equip myself with the promises and truth of God. I am to hold fast to His words, meditate on them, which I don’t do enough. This will bring me strength in my faith so that when circumstances arise, my heart is not so quick to wander.Or else, what is the point if I am not consistent? The illustration of the “Peace Child” was one of the best examples the missionary could’ve used in reaching the culture of the Sawi because unconditional love for children is a universal value. One of my favorite and most emotional parts of the book was when the Sawi were starting to realize the love of the father to give up a son. They were asked whether most of them have given up their own prized son for peace and those that have knew the sadness that entailed.Then they were asked if they would’ve given up that same son if they knew the receivers would slaughter him.

The Sawi said they absolutely wouldn’t. The illustration was that God had done exactly that; given up His cherished one and only son to traitors because of how much love and peace He wanted for all of mankind. This really interested the Sawi. Towards the end, the Sawi used the illustration, “Peace Child” to remind themselves that if the devil tempts them, they are to say, “God has placed the Spirit of His Peace Child, Jesus, within me.If that Peace Child had died or gone away and left me, I might be free to do the evil you saddest. But He is not dead! Nor has He derserted me! He still lives within me to keep me in the way of goodness, and His had is strong! I am not free to do the evil you advise! ” (pg. 282-283) Even though we all live with different cultures, traditions, ancestry, and social ways, the faith of Christ is universal and can all be related to because of our human nature. We all can experience those universal emotions and knowledge of moral conscious.

The Sawi could take the Gospel and learned how it fit into their culture. Originally, the Sawi thought of Judas as their hero because of their native motto: “we have been fattening you with friendship for the slaughter. ” Judas was a hero because he did the ultimate betrayal; befriended Jesus and became one of his closest disciples, then lead Christ to the ultimate slaughter.

The Sawi thought Judas was clever and admired him for being witty enough to manipulate Jesus, or so they thought.Their culture values fighting, warriors, and how to one-up others in revenge, the Gospel at first was misunderstood. However, the confusion was later turned to anger against Judas because he had killed God’s “Peace Child. ” So many cultures have had decades and centuries worth of tradition and way of life that to try to fit in the Gospel is sometimes confusing. I grew up in Asia, Taiwan, in a very Buddhist country where ancestor worship is common among almost 90% of the population. It was hard when my family transferred to the Christian faith.

To this day they have arguments in what is acceptable in their culture and what isn’t. For example, just this past winter they argued whether bowing and honoring our ancestors grave was acceptable or not, holding incense and dealing with sacrifices were biblical or not. There are countless differences among the world in cultural differences and our personal experiences help us relate to our readings of Scripture so that each of us are impacted in different ways, however, the amazing aspect of Christ and the Gospel is that is does reach and impact people universally.

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