I have known many people of many faiths in the course of my lifetime. Many I envied some I pitied. I must confess there have been a few I disliked as well.
I have a friend who lives a faith I greatly admire. I consistently find his presence to inspire me to better myself. We disagree on matters we debate occasionally, but find more common ground than discord. His is a perspective that seems to lazily wind it’s way relentlessly toward peace. He is a decade or so older than I am, and I often wonder if he was so wise in his younger years. For all his manifested wisdom, he is not a man of answers, so much as a man of nudges. I feel fortunate to know him. One could argue the point that he is naturally inclined to be a peace-maker. I think his faith inspires him to be one. He happens to be a Carpenter and Pastor of the Christian faith.
Faith seems able to set people free to be greater than they would otherwise be, so why does it have such a negative effect on others? I have met people who became quickly defensive, anxious, and on occasion angry when confronted with lack of belief.
More recently I have noticed increasing rhetoric between atheists and people of faith that can not be recognized as discussion. The vitriol one hears in Richard Dawkins, Love Letters to Richard Dawkins, is enough to make most people cringe regardless of belief. It seems to me that this sort of resentment is much more likely to come from fear, than from faith. If you believe in a sovereign God surely you don’t believe he needs your defense. If however you wish you believed in God, but are very doubtful on the matter, you might feel threatened by an unbeliever. In that case you are very unlikely to convince him of anything but his own correctness.
The difference seems to be that the peacemaker trusts God to be right, while the failure tries very hard, to believe himself to be right. If you claim to trust God then Trust God!
If you can do that your faith can make you a peacemaker today.