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“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.  We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

II Corinthians 5:18-21

In light of so many stories on racial tensions in the news, I was struck by the words Paul wrote in his second letter to the church at Corinth.  He reminded his Corinthian friends that they were called to the ministry of reconciliation, since they were reconciled to God in Christ.

The questions I was confronted with in this passage were this:

What role am I taking as a reconciler?  How am I living as an ambassador and seeking to reconcile broken people in a broken world?  How do I love my neighbor who might have more or less zeros on their paycheck and might have a different skin color from myself?

Most important: If I self identify as a follower of Jesus, do I actually live as one?

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