Blessed are the Peacemakers – Bible Conversation Two

By The Rev. Michele Fischer

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God…” St. Paul, Ephesians 2:19

On Saturday morning, Rev. Kevin Strickland, our ELCA Churchwide representative, took a few minutes to bring us a word of scripture. Looking at Ephesians chapter 2, Pastor Strickland reminded us that diversity is crucial. As children of God, we are called to welcome all people, and when we welcome others into our congregations and lives, we are seeing the image of God in those people.

The early church was marked by opportunities for division, most notably was the distinction between Jews and Greeks

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— …11 So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision”— But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:8,11,13)

Our unity is not based in our uniformity.

And yet some still assume others must become like us in order to share our faith.

As Christians, we are called to be branches, bringing the healing of the nations to the world, to practice unity. We are called to turn walls of division into tables of conversations.

What are the dividing walls that you see need to be broken down and made into tables of conversations in our church and in our world?

What are the ways you are already are or can be part of that work of reconciliation and reminding all that we are “citizens of the saints”?

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