The massive amount of hostility that exists between political parties, gender, races and etc., is a reality that needs to be addressed in our culture. Even more real and a daily occurrence in your life is the hostility that exists between you and your spouse, you and your kids or your parents, you and your siblings or you and your neighbor. Pastors, how about the hostility between you and your staff?
Does the Bible have anything to say? It does. Paul is addressing this very thing in the church at Ephesus when he writes,
“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.”
Your natural tendency is to correlate your New Identity in Christ with your social status, your political party or race. Subconsciously idolizing your team and therefore demonizing the others as inferior. We do this ultimately because of our sinful desire to find peace and security in anything, but Christ.
For example, God saved me and I’m a Republican, so all democrats must be inferior. That’s a bold, faulty and dangerous presumption. In fact it’s antithetical to the Scriptures.
Jesus didn’t favor political party, race or gender. The Gospel gives people a NEW IDENTITY therefore killing the hostility that exists between these different camps.
If you’re a Christian, stop living as if your identity is in anything except Christ. You have been reconciled to each other and to God – thereby killing hostility. You have been made a family – a body – the church. Yet, the hostility remains.
If there are walls of hostility in your relationships there are only two possible implications. One might be that you have not been given a new identity in Christ (i.e. you’re salvation experience was just that – an experience) or the second option is that while you do have a new identity you continue to allow sin to reign in your heart leading you in all that you do, thus searching for an nonexistent peace in some other thing than Christ.
The hostility has been killed in Christ, so Christian…live that way. Find your peace IN HIM and watch the walls of hostility in your life crumble down.