For it pleased the Father that in Him all fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him…having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight – if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel… Col. 1:19 – 23. NKJV
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. 2 Cor. 5:18, 19. NKJV
Reconcile: ‘to restore friendly relations; to cause to coexist in harmony; to settle a disagreement.’
Human beings left on their own, have been horrific failures with regards to successful reconciliation. Presently, we need look no further than to our latest presidential election and the illogical, violent and destructive responses from the losers of that contest.
Being a Bible teacher, I take on that ‘ministry of reconciliation’ with reverence and sincerity. So I really want to understand how this kind of riotous rebellion can be fomented. I can almost always turn to the Huffington Post to gain insight as to the roots of liberal discontent. Not to be disappointed, I happened upon an article by a frequent commentator named Jonathan Walton, founder of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, which he states is primarily involved with making sure the planet and its people are not ‘exploited.’ The title of his article was Jesus Is King And I’m So Scared. I couldn’t really get what point he was trying to drive home, so I read other articles authored by him as well, e.g. Jesus, Can I Buy An AR-15 If Trump Becomes President? and White Supremacy And My Black and Asian Daughter.
Mr. Walton is an African-American. The only reason I bring that up is that he appears to be so possessed by his perception of the evil nature of those who suffer from a far greater lack of melanin.
Returning to the first article cited, Mr. Walton begins by expressing his abject fear over the triumph of President-elect Trump. And God bless him, he has every right to express himself in any way he sees fit. He claims that every brand of non-white, non-Christian and non-U.S. citizens’ very lives are in mortal danger by those infected with “White-washed, evangelical, western ‘gospel’ braided with American exceptionalism.”
Add to that an ‘indifferent government,’ and a ‘blonde blue-eyed Jesus – indifferent to the plight of women afraid to wear a hijab because some white guy will set them on fire. The author also states that Jesus is pro-life but His followers are homophobic, xenophobic, capitalistic and turn blind eyes and deaf ears to everyone else’s travails. Why? Because, he says, that they only pose as Christ’s followers.
Maybe I’m confused, but this surely sounds like ‘hate speech’ to me.
Finally, Mr. Walton says that the Kingdom of God and the U.S. are not the same thing. Okay. I agree with that, but what’s his point? He ends his tirade with a request to those that he deems to really know what Jesus is about, to pray for reconciliation. That’s kind of hard to swallow after he’s just incited them all to riot and kill the pale face.
If you have been following the news, you’ve seen the post-election riots by the paid-for instigators and the programmed students. Nobody on the other side of the ideological fence acted in this criminal fashion after Obama’s election victories. Methinks our protestors (‘brown shirt thugs’) are demonstrating severe hypocrisy.
The students are the biggest disappointments. It shows the utter failure of our government-controlled so-called learning centers to educate beyond a unidimensional agenda that tramples upon and denies any truths besides their own. We don’t have free thinkers anymore who can critically evaluate an issue.
Puppies and PlayDough in ‘safe spaces’ where new ideas are not allowed to germinate, are not the answer, and it only propagates their embarrassing temper tantrums.
But how could they be different? They’ve been taught (starting with the executive branch who is the ‘Divider-in-Chief’) for almost two decades that anyone in opposition to their ‘plan’ is racist and that it is their duty to do their best to demonize their ‘opponents.’ Some message to imprint upon our children.
Suck it up. I believe the majority of people wanted our present president to succeed. Unfortunately, he didn’t. It was never a race thing. It was his ego thing – the ‘my way or the highway’ thing.
We change horses every four or eight years in this country. That’s what makes a democracy great. If you don’t like it, you’ll get another chance. In the meantime, why don’t we all look out for one another, make the best of it, (President-elect Trump did win fair and square after all), and reach across the aisle and reconcile…
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Rom. 12:18 ESV
And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mk. 3:25 NKJV
Goodnight and God bless.