Christ offers peace. This is a very attractive goal, and more attractive when one is hurt and poor and failing. But there are certain times and places when competition, striving after excellence, all that red-blooded fierce struggle for mastery also seems like a thing worth celebrating. From that standpoint, peace seems like stagnation, and final victory is akin to a final loss.
Me, I sympathize with those who want peace. But the gospel takes in everything good. I got a little insight into how recently.
Monopolies are bad because they stagnate. They are inefficient and get more inefficient over time because the hard choices need not be made.
Yet Peter Thiel said that the natural goal of every new business is to become a monopoly.
It occurs to me that monopoly is not inherently inefficient or inherently stagnant. They are in real life, because our limitations and weakness mean that in some ways and along certain vectors we will only rise to higher things if necessity, booted and spurred, is riding us. But the sufficiently wise, the sufficiently virtuous, could function in monopoly.
That is what Christ offers us. Not peace as we are. Not the peace of damnation. But the peace of what we may become, the endless abounding peace that distills like dew from the heavens. He won it through struggle, and in a much lesser way, so must we. But struggle is not the goal. “And would that I might not drink the cup.”