Ephesians 2:16-17 Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. (The Message Bible)
It is election season and where I live that means we have been getting bombarded with adds for the governor’s race in a neighboring state. In the larger context of the above you can read about the divisions between people in the first century. It seems to me that one of the greatest divides in our society is between the “Left” and the “Right.” That may be politically between Democrats and Republicans or socially based on issues or just general approach to life. It is plain to see in the life of the Church, beyond and sometimes within the congregational level. We all have opinions. We all should be pursuing what is right and best not just for ourselves but for all people. Apparently the natural result of this is to break into camps that focus on belittling and defeating those with whom we disagree. The above verses suggest that in Christ God was indicating another option. Can our faith in what God did in Jesus and continues to do through his Spirit be enough to overcome our natural human divisions? Paul said yes. I’ll say yes. This week, what will your life say?