Read Romans 5
Focus on verse 11
There is much talk in the media about the need for racial reconciliation in our nation, however, while talking about it might be a starting point, little will be accomplished if that is as far as we go with it. Reconciliation cannot occur on a human level until reconciliation has occurred on a spiritual level.
In today’s reading Paul speaks of humanity’s needed reconciliation to God.
More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (v. 11)
True reconciliation between one another, is much more likely to occur is we are first reconciled with God. When we are not reconciled with God – we live with a conscience that continues to remind us that we are guilty. Admittedly some people get very good at ignoring their conscience and deceiving themselves into thinking that they can live at peace with themselves apart for God, but it is a delusion that will ultimately be revealed for what it is.
What is of vital importance here is to recognize that not all those who claim allegiance to the Christian faith have truly made peace with God – some have in their deluded zeal done very unchristian things in the name of Christ. This can be confusing for folks who are not familiar with what the Bible really says. Ironically a significant portion of people who call themselves Christians do not make it a habit to read and study the word of God. This does not necessarily mean they are not truly believers, it may however, indicate that they are not as informed as they could be of the foundation of what they claim to believe.
What makes even less sense, is those who attack the Christian faith labeling it at hateful and harmful to society, who make that assessment based solely on snippets of information mostly taken out of context, and present this as evidence against a faith they really know very little about. (The same could be said about those who attack any other faith or belief system)
It is this ignorance that for the most part fuels so much of the hatred, founded for the most part on misconceptions, that makes reconciliation between us so necessary. I would take it a step further and suggest that the foundation of this hatred is based upon our inability to reconcile ourselves to God. The good news is God has reconciled Himself to us through Jesus Christ and makes this reconciliation available to any who will accept it. This is where all true reconciliation begins.