“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17–20 ESV)
Every week I teach a bible study.
In preparation for that teaching I study a passage, live with a passage , then deliver that passage to the best of my ability.
The next week I do it all over again with a new passage.
Above is last weeks passage…it won’t let me go.
It seems that we have one job description and one message.
We’re ambassadors for Christ pleading with people to be reconciled to God.
We’re supposed to model this thing that God is doing through the love we have for each other and demonstrating reconciliation in our own lives and relationships.
Read any “Christian” blog you choose and see how well we’re doing on that count.
In the entirety of all the coverage devoted to the same sex marriage controversy I’ve yet to see “reconciliation with God” listed as one of our motivations.
We’ve been “entrusted” with this message by God.
That means He did all the heavy lifting and has given us the responsibility to spread the word through our words and our lives.
God must be developing trust issues at this point…
We demonstrate reconciliation when it’s easy, when the cost is amenable to what we want to pay.
The rest of the time we practice the ministry of scorn, the ministry of separation, or the ministry of silence…and that’s inside the church and out.
We would only reconcile with some folks if God Himself demanded it.
Uh oh…never mind…
Make your own application…