At the heart of the Christian faith is reconciliation with God and one another. Through Jesus we who were once enemies can now become children of God (Romans 5:6-8). Through Jesus the religious barrier which once divided between Jew and Greek is now removed (Eph 2:14-18). Through Jesus people who were diminished and divided by social positions are now united through belonging to Christ (Gal 3:26-29). Belonging to God through Jesus Christ ought to bring us together.
This is why National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is the natural response for the Christian. It was in fact begun by Christians as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993. Sunday 26th May 2019 is Sorry Day and marks the beginning of NRW. The theme is “Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage”. This focus recognises at the heart of all reconciling is the ability to see truth, listen deeply, love unconditionally, and actively live out justice and be at peace together.
Our coming series “Australians Together” will help us do just this. The sermon series will explore what Micah 6:8 means for us as Australians. Many Growth Groups will use the “Sharing our Story” resource to understand. Can you take the time in the coming weeks to reflect, pray, participate in reconciling relationships with our first Australians? After all, reconciliation is God’s way to renewed life.
Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”