The Conversation

Worship demands reconciliation and reconciliation demands a conversation

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
Ephesians 2:13-16
   
We, the Church in America have a sordid history, plagued the misinterpretation of Scripture and the failure to fully own the ramification of the actions so long ago. This misinterpretation of Scripture led to the sin of forcefully enslaving Africans and mistreating them and their offspring for centuries. By crafting Scripture to fit their ideas, many white Christians saw their activities as  God-fearing living and the ones that did not see it this way were in the minority that felt voiceless and powerless to change the wrong that had been deemed right. The failure to reflect the true meaning of the Scriptures unfortunately, emboldened our nation’s behavior, further drawing the lines that separate us. Today, there still remains the residue of this ideology in the Church and it must change. This is why we must have the conversation, not to rehash what has happened but to reclaim the unity lost and restore the Church’s true identity as the “one new humanity” created through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who is our peace.
    
  1. “The Kingdom of God is not about coexistence, but reconciliation. And that reconciliation starts in the church.”
    – Dr. Russell Moore
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