From: Charmie Curry
I have been thinking a lot about reconciliation. Specifically, God has placed a burden on my heart to pray about and partner with Him in fulfilling one of the key tenets of the Gospel. In our cultural context, as people living in the United States especially, one of the barriers to true reconciliation of God’s people is the sin of racism.
What does “true reconciliation” mean? Dictionary.com offers a trio of meanings of reconciliation: an act of reconciling, as when former enemies agree to an amicable truce; the state of being reconciled, as when someone becomes resigned to something not desired; the process of making consistent or compatible. None of these definitions, however, mention anything about cost, nor grace.
As Christians, we can look to Romans 5 to give us a truer meaning of reconciliation. When I read Romans 5, my heart focuses on the ultimate reconciling act of our God in sending Jesus to die for us. As my heart grapples with this, it also leans deeply into the weight, the sacrifice, and ultimate cost of God's choice. As a result of this act, we are made whole, justified, at peace with Him through Jesus.
My earnest prayer is that we all can look to Romans 5 for our model of true reconciliation in our nation, in the Church, in our church, on our front lines. May we all humbly wrestle with the costs of reconciliation to our comforts, to our preferences, to our identities, [insert your own noun here], etc. My prayer is that as we do this together, we can pray like Jesus did before His arrest (in John 17): “...that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe you have sent me.”
My husband Gordon and I are learning, with God’s help, how to be builders of bridges (not of the engineering kind :-)). We’d love to share what God is doing in us.