Thursday, January 12, 2017

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Never Wishful Thinking

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Church Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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Ephesians 2:11-22

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision” — a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands — remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

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I think we’d all agree, this was one of the most divisive elections we’ve ever seen, with accusations and cross-accusations made on an almost daily basis. And after it was over and Donald Trump received more votes in the Electoral College if the not among the voters, I thought this was the perfect opportunity for the victor to reach out to the other side so that we might heal some of the prior divisions. And after President-elect Trump dropped his promise to prosecute Secretary Clinton, I sincerely believed that might actually happen. But sadly, my optimism was premature, with the incoming President seeming to go out of way to emphasize how easily he won, something that wasn’t indicated by the popular nor is it any kind of olive branch to the other side. And with recent Twitter battles with the Intelligence Community, news outlets, the cast of Hamilton, and Meryl Streep, I now believe anything close to national unity was just wishful thinking.

But there’s a place where unity should never, and I mean never be wishful thinking, and right now I’m talking about the Body of Christ. You see, even though Christians will not agree on every detail of a truth that I believe is beyond our understanding, conflict and hostility has no place in the church, not when we consider that none of us deserve what God has given us and that we’ve all been loved and forgiven and called by the exact same God and that we may be held accountable if we allow our differences to divide us. In other words, within the church, unity should never be wishful thinking.

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