The Roman Empire came along carrying the slogan “Pax Romana” which means, “Roman Peace.” They promised that if you let them rule you, they would provide peace and safety for you. You just have to give Rome your allegiance and they will provide you with peace and safety.
Paul, talking about the end of time, says that while they are saying “peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly. Those who are in Christ will not taste this destruction and His coming will not be a shock to us but will be welcomed. He died for us so that we might live together with Him and we are to encourage one another with this reality.
With this in mind I would like to offer us some words of encouragement. The only peace and safety you will ever be able to fully hope in is the peace and safety that comes with Christ. He is our King and all other rulers are below Him. We have two candidates running for president right now. Both in different ways are promising us peace and safety. I see Brothers and Sisters who have aligned themselves with one side or another who, by the way they talk, have put their hope in their candidate. If the other candidate wins then everything is going to fall apart in the next four years. I hear fear in their voices as they talk about the “What ifs” of the coming election. With all this in mind, I would like to remind us again of the hope that we have in Christ. We have peace and safety in Christ, no matter who are president is. We have peace and safety in Christ, no matter who is number one in the world, holding all of its power. I want to encourage you Brothers and Sisters. No matter what happens in the next few weeks, next few years, next few decades, find your peace and safety in Christ and nowhere else! He has the only peace and safety that will last.
I would like to end our time in 1 Thessalonians with the words Paul ends with.
“And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject whatever is harmful. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”