Living the Good News of Reconciliation

Refusing to Be Quiet

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2016

Living the Good News of Reconciliation

Key Bible Verse: How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1, NIV)

Dig Deeper: John 17:23; 1 Corinthians 1:10

That first Friday, a racially mixed groups of 25 uncomfortable teenagers gathered in the assigned classroom, with the three original boys the only ones actually looking like they wanted to be there.  But something began to happen that day.  One of the three boys started the conversation by confessing his own hurt and bias.  Voice after voice followed.  Sometimes it was confession, sometime confrontation, but honesty ruled that hour.

The following week, 50 high-schoolers piled into that classroom and the conversation began to migrate from confession and confrontation to reconciliation.  There were even times when students would get up, walk across the room, and embrace one another.  The third week, the gathering had to be held in the auditorium.  It had become positively uncool not to be there.

These three are not teenagers anymore.  They have grown up and moved on, but their legacy remains.  That school is more racially unified than it would have even been otherwise, and it is only because three most unremarkable teenage boys would not remain passive.  They rejected the unbiblical status quo, and refused to be quiet about it.  Just three regular teenage boys, but they left something beautiful behind.

– Paul Tripp in Broken-Down House

My Response: In what ways have I accepted the “unbiblical status quo”?  What steps could I take to change that?

Thought to Apply: Men’s hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only. – Thomas Carlyle (Scottish essayist)


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