The Ministry of Reconciliation

We live in a hyper-political world where everything today revolves around politicians, politics, and political solutions. You can’t eat in a restaurant, buy toothpaste, or wear certain styles of clothing without politics becoming an issue. We must be involved in politics as citizens, but our responsibility. and goal as followers of Jesus is not to fix this broken world through law or social action.

God hasn’t called His people to violently march in the streets, redistribute wealth by force of government, end cruelty to animals, solve the world hunger problem, or save the oceans from plastic drinking straws. The Creator hasn’t commanded the Church to polish the brass on this sinking ship of the earth. Our heavenly commission is to proclaim the saving power of Jesus from sin to all who are dead in their trespasses and sins (Matthew 28:19-20). What good is done if a person gains all those things desired in the world yet his soul is eternally damned?

You have been saved to proclaim God’s message of reconciliation. Not reconciliation of skin colors, political entities, or economic classes, but of individual sinners to a holy God through faith in Christ Jesus who died to pay sin’s price.

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).

10 thoughts on “The Ministry of Reconciliation

  1. Reblogged this on A Patchwork of Perceptions and commented:
    I have been absent from APOP for a few months due to end of semester projects and exam studying and, over the last eight weeks, a math research program through the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terra Haute, IN (completed virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic complications). Thank you to those who are still lingering around my little corner of the internet.

    In addition to the pandemic fears, in the weeks since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis racial tensions have flared up in the United States. Race-based discrimination is an unfortunate part of many nations’ histories that continue to this day. It is in our moral natures to desire justice and change.

    I was going to write a post about race, and I may very well do that in the near future. For now, though, I wanted to share this post from Pastor Richard L. Rice about the need for Christian involvement in political issues, but the greater call of Christians in His kingdom mission.

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