by Barbara latta
Is reconciliation possible on this earth? If a book called Life on Earth was written it would contain plagues, pestilence, violence, war and uncertainty.
|Is reconciliation possible on the earth?|
We win, we lose, we adapt.
We overcome hardships until another catastrophe arises.
We bicker, we debate, we change laws.
We march, we protest.
At the beginning of the year, we faced an unknown disease we still fight to find a vaccine for.
Now we fight among ourselves with accusations of racism. This is nothing new.
It’s not just white against black. There are black people that hate whites, Asians that hate Hispanics, Muslims that hate Jews and Jews that hate Muslims.
In the old West it was the Cavalry against the Native Americans.
There were brutal soldiers who wanted to kill every Indian they saw and bad Indians who murdered whites just because they wanted to.
And the fact is there are bad people in every race and good people in every race.
There are a few bad cops who give the rest of them a bad name. And the news media pours kerosene on an already burning inferno.
The bottom line is self.
Without God, humans default to their fallen nature.
The Bible lays out signs of the last days. One of them is in Matthew 24:12, And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
The only remedy for self is the selflessness of God. The Creator of all mankind in whose image we were all made. He created one race—the human race. But sin divided us, and we can only be united by blood. Not the blood of ourselves as we fight and bleed on the ground. But the pure blood of Jesus. The blood that is all one color.
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20 NKJV).
There is a book about life on earth and it is called the Holy Bible. God shows us the failures of humanity, but He doesn’t leave the story there. He gives us the answer. The only way we will be reconciled to each other is to be reconciled to God and allow a heart change. This latest tragedy of humankind is not the last. Peace for the world will only come when the Prince of Peace rules the planet.
But until then, we are called to be ministers of reconciliation one person at a time.
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