Five minutes spent watching the nightly news can serve as a sobering reminder that we are a divided people. One segment of the population sees it one way, but the other sees that same issue another way. What some raucously support, others adamantly denounce. What one group deems essential another considers trivial. Is this the way that things always will be and must be?
It is clear to see that the division between us is not good. What, if anything, can be done to remedy this problem? Is it possible for the a divided people to experience the goodness and pleasantness of unity (cf. Psa. 133:1)? Will we ever be one?
Did you know that God has a plan to break down the walls of our division? If you consider the span of human history, this division between men is best illustrated by the Jew and the Gentile. The Jews celebrated their exalted place of favor with God. Meanwhile, the Gentiles were “alienated,” “far off,” and had “no hope” (cf. Eph. 2:11-12). To say that there was friction between the two groups would be a gross understatement.
What would bring these two worlds together? God’s eternal plan to reconcile men to one another is through our reconciliation to Him in one body through the cross. This is the only thing which effectively kills all relational hostility (cf. Eph. 2:14-16). When one is born again, he or she awakens to fellowship with God and fellowship between all those who enjoy the same with God (1 Jn. 1:3)! The differences which once divided us no longer define us in Christ Jesus. As Paul wrote the the Galatians:
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise (Galatians 3:27-29 ESV).
Still, even the children of God can be found guilty of regressing into the ways of human division (cf. 1 Cor. 1:10-15). If we ever begin to go down that road, we must repent of our divisive ways and seek to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (cf. Eph. 4:3-6).
God has a plan, and so let’s do our best to stick with it. Let’s aim to be peacemakers and strive for reconciliation!