This is from four years ago, back when we watched Glee and Community. I got into a little trouble with this one as a couple of my high school students were in church that day and knew I was talking about them. Really, of course, I was talking about all of us. I just used them as an example.
As we remember this morning Jesus life, death, and resurrection, I want to share something that I’ve been noticing, something encouraging and challenging too. I’ve noticed the reconciliation that comes through Christ.
Colossians 1:19 & 20 says, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Christ, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
Reconciliation is setting things right, bringing them back into balance.
The other night we watched To Kill a Mockingbird with the kids. What a great movie. Atticus Finch played by Gregory Peck is one of the greatest fathers, or even men, captured on film. Atticus works to reconcile the racial divide in 1930’s Georgia by representing falsely accused Tom Robinson in court. And he brings reconciliation to himself and his neighbors through his gracious behavior toward outcast Boo Radley.
Even in the ridiculous comedies that I watch on tv, I see moments of seriousness as a Muslim takes the hand of his Christian friend and says to her, “You humble me.” Her response: “You humble me.”
Or when Mercedes in Glee brings her friend Kurt to church in an effort to support him in his grief over his father’s heart attack. And there, Kurt, a gay unbeliever, a staunch atheist, find himself surrounded by people who have just met him, and yet offer the love and support that his friend knew they would.
And in real life – on facebook. If you are facebook friends with Hannah or Amy or Stacy or Sherri, for example – there are many of these people our there, you will find daily examples of the kind of grace and peace and encouragement that brings people together.
At school I see students working to raise money for the poor in Africa, reconciling the vast economic differences that plague God’s children around the world.
And of course this church continues to be an example of reconciliation – two bodies, split over seemingly irreconcilable difference, come together again.
But, this reconciliation is not complete. Under this roof there are still those who feel out of balance with each other. High school students are much better at reconciling with Africans who are thousands of miles away, than they are of forgiving the classmates who they’ve been friends with for years. Facebook can be as depressing as it is encouraging. And we have so much work to do when it comes to reconciling to Christ our treatment of, and our relationships with, homosexuals, atheists, Muslims, racial minorities, and others who are different from ourselves.
But god is faithful, and I believe his work of reconciling all things to himself and making peace through his blood shed on the cross, continues. Let’s pray that we can be instruments of that peace as we remember now what Christ has done for us.