The Time For Reconciliation Is Never Over
– by Tendai Chitsike
Our nation has been challenged by the rising temperature generated by political populism. In one such statement in parliament it was declared that “the time for reconciliation is over.” As believers, this presents a wider challenge of how we ought to deal with challenges in our nation, be it land reform or otherwise, while remaining true to our Biblical convictions. First and foremost, we ought to take what we hear in the political and other realms of life, and hold it up to the light of Scripture. If the noble Bereans searched the Scriptures daily to see if what the apostle Paul said was true, how much more should we hold up the statements of politicians, media, and ourselves to evaluate what is true and good from what is not?
If we apply this approach to the comments concerning reconciliation, we find that this statement could not be further from the truth.
We find that God has given us, His Church, the ministry of reconciliation. We find that He has broken the dividing wall of hostility between ethnicities. We find that in Christ, He has made one new man out of His Church. We find that His peacemakers will be called sons of God. In short, we find that God has reconciled us in Christ and has given us a ministry of reconciliation. Our primary and unchanging mandate comes from Him and not the shifting sands of human opinion. So, while we seek God’s wisdom on the issues of our day, may we reflect Christ and His mission to the world, rather than withdrawing into fear or pursuing an agenda that is antithetical to the spirit of Christ. As the Word and the Spirit lead you, may you follow the Lamb wherever He goes to be a reconciler in our nation. The time for reconciliation is far from over; nay, it must remain till eternity.
JOY! Magazine (June 2018)