What Are We Searching For?

After yesterday’s March For Our Lives, I had to wonder what it really is that we’re searching for and how come there is so much hostility towards gun control.

Savannah Desrosiers, 7, with her mother Berlyne Forrest from Parkland, Fla. Ms. Forrest’s son was in the freshman building during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. His geography teacher was shot to death. Gabriella Demczuk for TIME.

Little Savannah and her mother’s sign, I think, perfectly encapsulate the deeper longings behind the march. Yes, they’re explicitly asking for stricter gun laws, but why?

On the other hand, we have those seeking to protect their First Amendment rights arguing that a bad guy with a gun shouldn’t ruin it for the good guy with a gun.

Somehow we fail to see what both these positions have in common. Instead we choose to pit one against the other. We hail insults. We seek to rationalize our view while debunking the other.

It seems so obvious to me now even though it wasn’t initially, but deep down every one of us is searching for two things:

Peace and security.

And really, security could be wrapped up into peace as well.

We really want the same thing but have different solutions for getting there. Some of us feel more at peace with a gun at our side while others of us feel more at peace when the gun is destroyed.

I have a hard time finding complete fault in either view.

But I also know that neither view is completely correct.

While I by no means wish to diminish the fire and passion awakened in our young people, I also know deep down that the peace being sought from our government will ultimately disappoint. We may see small wins here and there, but the system isn’t perfect. The laws won’t be perfectly executed nor will they be perfectly followed.

So what are we to do then? Where do we find our peace?

There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life — fear of death, fear of judgment — is one not yet fully formed in love.
1 John 4:18 MSG

When we choose to love others more than ourselves and sacrifice our desires and “rights”, we create peace in the world.

At the root of it all, we find God.

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day — our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s.
1 John 4:17 MSG

Let us seek peace not only for ourselves but for others as well.

Let us seek to listen first and speak last.

Let us seek to understand far more than to be understood.

Last but certainly not least, let us seek the only One who can provide peace which surpasses all understanding.