I AM Peace... and Baal is Not
In our first sermon on Gideon last week, we saw how Gideon had a hard time hearing God's call, but when he did finally hear it he stopped and worshipped. He built an altar to God and named it "The Lord is Peace." The first, foundational step towards peace is to worship the God who is Peace. But as we continue looking at Gideon's life, we find that Gideon's life was a bit more complicated: he belonged to a family of idol worshippers. If Gideon is going to worship God and respond faithfully to his call to be judge and work for the peace of God's people, he has a second step to take. It's a step we need to take as well and, as we find out, it can a very costly and difficult step; one that we have to continue making throughout our lives. If God is Peace, then Baal - and all our false gods - are not.