Another day, another shooting. Another empty promise. Another heart-breaking news story on your feed.
This world is a weary place. For some reason, intertwined in the DNA of Americans, we think we must have answers and solutions and we must take a side. We. Must. And if we don’t, we are seen as apathetic and ignorant.
It’s actually shocking that we take on this viewpoint as Christians, that we must take a side. Because those of us who know Christ know that there is really only one answer to all the hurt in the world, and it isn’t Republican or Democrat or Libertarian. It isn’t found in self-help books or humanitarian efforts. Money won’t solve the world’s issues. Not even lower emissions and a gluten-free diet can do it.
Only Christ can right the world’s wrongs.
I know. I know that you know this. But too many times, we know something and yet act like it is not a reality. We know that black shootings are a problem and that police shootings are a problem, but there must be a solution other than Jesus. So we get on our feeds and argue with those not on “our side” and solve absolutely nothing in the process. We feel good about ourselves, though, because we “contributed to the dialogue.”
Terrorism is not going to be solved with a giant bomb. Our financial standing in a global economy isn’t going to improve simply because of a new President. All the wrongs will not be made truly right without the Lord.
This seems too simple. And it is. In 2 Corinthians 5, we are called to a ministry of reconciliation. God sent Jesus Christ to earth to bring His image-bearers back to Himself. And He did just that by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. He paid our debt for sin and finally, after millennia, made a way for us to have communion with God once again.
And what do we find when we have this relationship with God? Peace.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ~John 14:27
We also find fulfillment and satisfaction that nothing else gives.
But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. ~John 4:14
Christ gives us an example of how to live perfectly on this earth.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.~Matthew 11:29
This relationship gives us so much more than these few things. Everything that we have in Christ helps us to deal with the realities of this sin-cursed world. And we are to take those riches we have in Jesus and use them to continue reconciling the world to God. Not to tear apart more or create other factions.
The world needs Jesus. Not a well-timed remark or a look of disdain.
All this is from God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them, and has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us. We implore you in Christ’s stead: Be reconciled to God. ~2 Corinthians 5:18-20
There it is. Sharing the love of Christ in the package of the Gospel. This is what changes hearts and minds and lives. This is the only thing that can make this world a better place. This is what we need to keep pointing back to when we hear about wars and rumors of wars.
Because the Gospel? It is reality. And if we bear the name of Christ we need to live all areas of life in this reality. It not only is powerful to change our hearts, but it can change how we perceive the world around us as well.
So I ask all believers: would you stop taking sides? Can we put aside our political allegiances and truly get about loving our enemies and reconciling people to God? Cause our earthly solutions are just not working…