When we read 1 Timothy 2:1-7, and we read Romans 12:16-13:7, a clear picture emerges as to how we can love our neighbors as ourselves. A key aspect to living a dynamic Christian life is to live at peace and to be a peacemaker. The aim of living a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness is a key. In all points of history, it is radical.
The role of government is to acknowledge good and to punish evil. Rather than rioting, demonstrating, protesting, etc., the Holy Spirit gives us another and a better way to deal with things: Overcome evil with good. This sentiment was given at a time when Christianity was under persecution. Things get more tense when government suddenly stop fulfilling its God ordained role. Still, the thrust of living a peaceful life is critical.
This leads to a key concept we need to repent of: If we are constantly stressed out, there is something significantly wrong with our Spiritual walk. Christians should be the most calm and centered people in the room, bearing the wisdom from eternity, and sure of a bright future. In North America we get rattled all too easily. We need to learn to relax and live at peace.
Make a difference, be holy
Making a difference and being holy are commands, but those commands are carried out in living life well. Urgency is tempered by sovereignty, holiness tempered by grace, perfection tempered by forgiveness. The Gospel is THE solution, but we too often forget it. It permeates everything as The Trinity makes all things new. Our prayer life and our choices reflect our view of the Gospel. Are we seeking to live a quiet and peaceable life? Are we living the better way?