We live in divided times – and painfully so. It seems like those things that divide us are deeper and wider than ever. Whether it’s ideology, politics, race, gender, socio-economic status, or the generational gaps, times are difficult, indeed.
But perhaps a little perspective might be in order. Things have inarguably been worse. While times are tense, this is nothing new.
And it’s no surprise to God.
He knows what we’re made of and what we’re capable of. Even so, He hasn’t given up on us. In fact, this time of crisis could be a golden opportunity for the church to demonstrate the power the gospel has to bring healing to the angst of our time. This section of Romans deals with the collision of cultures in the Roman church – Jew and Gentile. This division was deep and, in this section of Romans, Paul leads the way through it by understanding God’s plan and what He wants to do in each of our lives to help facilitate understanding, healing, and, ultimately, a shared mission for His glory.
Life together isn’t easy. It’s even more difficult when we’re different. But the beauty of unity shining through diversity is a beacon of hope our world needs in the worst way. We have a unique opportunity to demonstrate it.