“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 men’s sins against them.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV
To reconcile is to restore relationships that have been ripped apart by some event or expression. It means to restore what made friends, relatives, acquaintances or neighbors now feel like enemies or refugees. To reconcile is to renew what can and should be renewed.
Because there is great polarization in America as well as hatred, disrespect, social and political blindness, the question must be asked: Is reconciliation possible? Is reconciliation possible between:
- The “liberals” and “conservatives”
- Democrats and Republicans
- Whites and Blacks
- The Pro-Life people and the Pro-Choice people
- The Trump supporters and the Never Trump people
- White Evangelicals and the Biblical Christians
After the election is over, can there be reconciliation in America so we can proudly say “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all?”
It the answer is yes it will take those who are ministers of reconciliation. These ministers be they young or old, black or white, rich or poor will have to recognize God’s ideal for mankind and be willing to reconstruct what sin in man tore down.
Prayer: Lord, after it is all over with people left hurt, angry, disappointed or happy and victorious, let reconciliation take place in America. Place a seed of reconciliation in Your people to put this nation on a track of love, acceptance, peace, forgiveness, justice and unity. Amen.
© 2020 Dr. John Ogletree – Houston, TX