Peace is often associated with the absence of conflict, but the Hebrew word shalom and the Greek word eirênê both carry the idea of wholeness and harmony.
Kenneson points out that promotion of individualism strikes at the heart of achieving biblical peace, and the privatization of faith takes individualism even further. Many speak of a “personal relationship with Jesus,” meaning one’s own “private” relationship.
Perhaps this explains why so many “self-professed Christians believe they can be perfectly good Christians apart from the church” (92).
Compartmentalizing life, defending personal rights, and sanctioning violence are a few of the ways peace is attacked.
Incorporating baptism, encouraging, edifying, admonishing, and forgiving one another are a few ways to support biblical peace.