14 Jun “Walls, Bridges, and You” by Stephen Hutchins
Lately there has been a lot of talk about building some kind of wall along one of our nation’s borders. As misguided as I believe that kind of talk is, it got me thinking about how enamored we humans are with walls. We like them. They make us feel safe. And we’ve been building them since the beginning of time. The fact that the Great Wall of China can be recognized from space by astronauts is testimony to this proclivity of ours. This construction of walls is not limited to the “bricks and mortar” variety; we’re quite adept at building the figurative kind in our relationships, and between us and others who either aren’t like us, or whom we perceive as a threat. Again, we like walls and we enjoy building them.
I think God prefers bridges. Though Jesus never used this metaphor to describe Himself, it’s hard to think of a more apt one when we think of the great gulf that existed between God and us. After all, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). ”; and “…God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18).” In that same chapter, Paul refers to us as “ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:20).” Sounds a little like bridge building to me. More thoughts on our calling to be bridge builders can be found HERE, in an excellent article by Donald A McGavran. Back to those walls. The history of the world Christian movement illustrates that whenever Christian peoples refrained from taking the gospel beyond their borders or walls to people unlike themselves, God brought those people to them. And often, the initial contact wasn’t a positive experience for those who thought they were safe behind those walls, whether actual or attitudinal. After all, Jesus did promise to build His church and that the gates (or walls, if you will) of hell would not prevail against it.
The bottom line is that God will fulfill His promise but things just go better when we’re obedient to Him. You can learn more, much more, about the world Christian movement (aka The Church) by taking the Perspectives course that you’ve heard so much about lately. You’ll learn about the walls God has been destroying throughout church history as well as the bridges that have been and are being built. You’ll learn so much more than that, and taking the course will absolutely change the way you read and interact with Scripture. I encourage you to take this course. It really will change your life. It did mine, and I don’t know of anyone who has taken it that wasn’t affected the same way. Will this be your time?
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