These are crazy, stressful days. A world-wide pandemic, police brutality, social upheaval, riots, looting, angry words, bitter disagreements, competing narratives, racial divisions, and misunderstandings driven by different world views have ripped the fabric of our country into a thousand pieces.
Our nation has become so divided that people are suspicious of anyone with a skin color that is different from theirs; of actions that they can’t explain; of words that seem to have hidden meanings; of the possible unspoken intentions that words might or might not carry.
One of the sad parts of the world in which we find ourselves is that it doesn’t matter if you are in the church or out of the church it’s the same. It shouldn’t be that way but it is, at least for some people.
Is there an answer? For the church that is. Do we have an answer for how we should think about these things and how we respond to them?
There is. It’s the Cross. The Cross is the starting point for everything in the Christian experience.
The Cross changed it all, and it continues to be the compass for our lives.
It was at the Cross that anger met calmness. At the Cross hatred met love. At the Cross blame met forgiveness. At the Cross suspicion met trust. At the Cross guilt met innocence. At the Cross hostility met unity. At the Cross accusation met acceptance. At the Cross aggression met kindness. At the Cross violence met peace. At the Cross sin met holiness.
And the Cross won every time.
As Christians we are people of the Cross. We have been changed by the man of the Cross. We have been soaked in the blood of the Cross. And we have been sent with the message of the Cross.
Allow your mind, how you think about the issues we are facing to be controlled by the Cross. Make sure your words, whether written, spoken or simply thought are directed by the Cross. Let your life be a reflection of the Cross.
The Power to live the Christian life is intimately tied to the Cross.
For the word of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us, who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Stay in the Word,