Let’s go and be reconciled

Posted: February 10, 2012 by Disciples Young Adult Commission in Bible Study, Church, Devotionals, Prayer

Jeremy Dewitt, YAC Member

The Offering Prerequisite                                       Matthew 5:23-24 NIV

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”

I’ve grown up in the church. Church life (and all that goes with it) seems as natural to me as breathing. I love every aspect: the worship, the praise, the service, the preaching, the teaching, the special events, the ministry, and even the meetings to further the ministry. The only problem with all of this is that I have always done each of these things with people who look like me, who talk like me, who worship like me, who have the same musical tastes as me and expect the same call and response from the preacher as me. At times, I hear talks of our church reaching out to the community around us, but the fruits of the outreach oftentimes attract people who fit into the same cultural mold. This is despite the fact that our congregation sits in the middle of one of the most culturally diverse areas of the city of Memphis. However, the church continues to grow and add new members every week. That makes it okay, right?

Differences in culture and geographical origins in conjunction with historical strife have created chasms and scars that are deeply ingrained into our society. On the surface, we have been able to overcome the existence of the scars in many aspects of everyday life. However, Sunday morning worship continues to be the most segregated segment of many of our lives.  Taking this into consideration, we have to ask ourselves how valid our message of an inclusive God is when it is preached from segregated pews. We also must ask ourselves how valuable our offering of praise is when we haven’t reconciled with our brothers and sisters of different cultures.

Today, let’s take the first step. Let’s pray for the courage to reach out to those who may not look like us or speak like us. Let’s ask God for His divine power to heal the scars of history. Let’s go and be reconciled.

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