Space for Religion in Local Peacebuilding

The Role of the Church in Troubled Spaces


  • Dr. Nathan Nzyoka Joshua Africa International University


Peacebuilding, local, troubled spaces, paradoxical, emissaries, genuine, pragmatic.


Many individuals and large communities in the world lack the will and the ability for true
peacebuilding. Truly born-again Christians are best endowed and mandated to be effective
peacebuilders, starting from their respective local spaces. Although it is true that Jesus
himself was born and lived all his earthly life in a very troubled and peaceless space and died
a very violent death, it had been prophesied that, among his other real identities and offices,
he would come as the Prince of Peace. Although in his radical teaching he said he did not
come to bring peace but a sword, he himself was the most peaceful human being and the most
effective peacemaker. He also sent his disciples to violent communities as peaceful
emissaries. Before his death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven he gave his special divine
peace to his disciples (the first church). Sin is the cause and breeding ground for hatred,
conflict, and lack of peace. True salvation in Jesus Christ is the only remedy for sin and the
source of power for true love, true personal peace, and genuine peacebuilding. When a person
is made righteous through our Lord, Jesus Christ, he or she acquires peace with God. A
person who is genuinely justified is able to love genuinely, deliberately abhor wickedness,
and decisively live peaceably with all people, thus being a pragmatic peacebuilder. My
research method for the paper is historical-grammatical exegesis. Through it, I seek to
discover the meaning of peace and peacebuilding in various Bible texts as was intended by
the authors to be understood and applied by the original hearers  Theological application and recommendations for peacebuilding are proposed for the church
in the African setting based on specific Bible texts for specific needs.




How to Cite

Joshua, N. N. (2024). Space for Religion in Local Peacebuilding: The Role of the Church in Troubled Spaces. Impact: Journal of Transformation, 7(1), 30–51. Retrieved from