Saturday, February 6, 2010

A quick thought on peacemaking...

I've been thinking about reconciliation and peacemaking a fair bit recently and here is what I have.

Our unity (as Christians) is based in "One God, One Baptism, One Spirit, One Church (Eph 4:1-6)." What this means, is that our unity is based on the unity of God and can find no other foundation that will weather the storms of our lives. The kind of unity that we need is not found in having a similar socio-economic background or political standing. It is not found in the color of our skins or the color of our hair. The unity of the church, the only kind of unity that works, is unity that is based on the unity of the Trinitarian God.

Some implications of this follow:
  1. The first and foremost reconciliation we need to seek is reconciliation with God. It doesn't matter if you and Joe Schmoe are fighting because he did something to you, you need to seek his reconciliation to God as the primary goal (i.e., he needs to get saved).
  2. As our reconciliation is found in God, and God is Truth, no legitimate peacemaking can be found in compromise. The world tries to argue that everyone's opinion matters and that no one has the corner on Truth. While the latter would be true in a world devoid of Divine Self-Revelation (the Bible), this is not the case. If there is a person or group opposing God by opposing the Truth revealed in His word, then we are to seek their reconciliation with God but we CAN NOT make peace with them as long as they continue to err in their ways.
  3. The Kingdom of God is full of people that don't look like you, that is, it is diverse. We don't need to major in the minors, remember that all unity comes from the Gospel (Eph 2:11-22).

Of course, I'm not arguing for everyone to fight everyone else on every minor issue in Scripture. That would be counter-productive. But what I am saying, is that we are to be very sure of what the Gospel is, and as long as there is agreement there, then the other stuff can be worked out along the way.

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