Waiting on Reconciliation

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O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.1

The world is a profoundly broken place. In recent months this fact has become evident that there is a need for racial reconciliation in our country. It doesn’t matter what side of the story that you are on, if you are listening you can hear the cries of injustice that this country does not always protect the lives of minorities.

Over the past year, I have read and listened books and watched movies and documentaries that haven enlightened me and broken my heart over the racial injustices of country. I like most thought I lived in a country where racism is primarily a thing of the past and those who are racist fall into a very small minority. What I have come to realize is I live in a country that favors me because of the color of my skin and I have done little to speak the truth of the Gospel into the broken society in which we live.

The truth of the Gospel is that Jesus came to save all people. Jesus came to unite everyone under his Kingship. When Jesus came, he was seen as the King of the Jews. His coming was seen by many as freedom from the Romans. Jesus’ coming, however, was freedom from sin from all people. From the earliest times in the church, people outside of the Jewish culture we’re welcomed into the church. I for one am grateful that the message of the Gospel is for all people. I am not Jewish, I am a gentile who was welcomed into the kingdom.

Jesus came to bring good news to all people and at his second coming the Church will reflect that. I am waiting on that day. I’m devastated to learn of the racist history of our country and pray that the church will live out in the present the reconciliation that will come in the future at the return of Christ.

Jesus’ first coming brought the good news to all people. Jesus’ second coming will finally remove the hatred and strife that divides us. I am waiting on reconciliation that will come with Jesus’ return and I pray that I can live out the good news that Jesus first coming brings.

O God our Father, who sent forth your Son to be King of kings and
Prince of Peace: Grant that all the kingdoms of this world may become the
kingdom of Christ, and learn of him the way of peace. Send forth among all men the spirit of good will and reconciliation. Let those who are offended forgive, and those who have offended repent, so that all your children may live together as one family, praising you and blessing you for the great redemption which you have wrought for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.2


 

1 From O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2 Adapted from The Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home, 1965

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