Imagine you are an emissary from a distant planet sent to Earth to bring humanity into the League of Galaxies. The League has much to offer Earth, including interstellar travel and trade. However the League is peaceful and only admits planets that can work with others harmoniously. Your assessment of Earth technology shows that humanity may soon develop interstellar travel on its own. You also recognize that humans can barely coexist with one another. You fear that adding interstellar relations would complicate Earth’s international conflicts and endanger interplanetary relationships within the League. Should interplanetary war break out, Earth’s independence would be endangered at best.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! … So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
— 2 Corinthians 5:16-17, 20 (NRSV)
I will have more to say about reconciliation and 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 at 8:15 AM and 10 AM on Sunday, January 14th at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
A Tip for Parents
Looking back on my parenting experiences, I wonder now how much time I might have save if I could have taught our children to resolve their own conflicts over sharing toys or which TV program to watch.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
This Sunday I will be looking for two children to play act a conflict over a torn picture and hopefully talk out why it was torn and how it and their relationship might be fixed.