Updated: Jun 22, 2020
You’ve heard it stated many times, Americans are more divided now than ever before. I imagine, however, that there may have been other times in our history where our divisiveness was greater – the Civil War period comes to mind as one example.
So, here’s a thought: this is a divine opportunity for you! Christ Jesus reconciles us to God and to one another. Christians are commissioned to be the reconcilers in a troubled and divided world consumed with fear, hostility, and division within our cultural and relationships. The Church is the center of, the headquarters for reconciliation. The Church was designed for such a time as this.
We are all made by God, of God and for God. Any belief or perspective that places human value and worth within a hierarchy – where classification of people means that some are accepted and included while others are disdained and excluded is abhorrent to our Christian values and beliefs.
Yet, the American Church hasn’t lived out its own values and beliefs effectively. The Church itself is divided. Christians continue to be influenced and shaped by the world's perspective where relationships and cultural association are based on personal preference and bias rather than biblical truths.
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who them as was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” [2 Corinthians 5:14-20, NIV]
The world has neither the wisdom, nor the power to reconcile relationships and conflict that grows out of failure to recognize and value human dignity unconditionally. Christ Jesus is looking for men and women who will work to extend the power of His love across racial and cultural divisions by transcending the failures in a godless society that produces hostility, segregation and separation.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go and tell this people: “ ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” [Isaiah 6:8-10, NIV]
Break away, be set free from the sin of racial segregation. God is calling out for those who are to be reconcilers – ambassadors working to tear down the Church’s dividing wall of racial segregation. Heed His call, and step into the work of restoring Christ’s New Testament multiethnic, multicultural model worship and inclusion. The Church needs you now, for such a time as this, in Building Unity in the Church of the New Millennium!