March 13, 2023

Breaking Down the Barriers

Ephesians 2:14-18

He himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier. . . .

—  Ephesians 2:14

Anton reached out to our media team with some challenging questions: “Where is God when different races and ethnic groups are fighting? Why is he doing nothing to stop the hatred?”

Anton’s inquiry touches on a hot topic. Humanity seems to be getting more fractured day by day. Barriers are popping up here and there and everywhere. Culture, race, language, religion, politics, the economy—so many things separate us and often pit us against each other.

Political scientists are talking about the rapid balkanization of our world. This term refers to the Balkan States in eastern Europe that divided into ­several small nations in the late 20th century. It points to the breakup of a large region or state into smaller entities that are hostile to one another.

In our Bible reading today, we are reminded that Jesus miraculously broke down the wall of hostility between Jews and Gentiles. Jesus, “our peace,” creates one humanity out of distinct groups. This unification happens because of our ­reconciliation with God through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

If we want to promote peace in our communities, we need to remember that reconciliation starts with Jesus. He has restored our relationship with God the Father, and he calls us to be reconciled with one another.

Lord Jesus, guide us in bringing our diverse communities closer. Help us to discover that reconciliation happens through believing in and following you. Amen.

About the author — Sergei Sosedkin

Sergei Sosedkin is the Russian-language ministry leader for ReFrame Ministries. He is a native of Moscow, Russia. As he oversees the Russian-language ministry, Sosedkin works from our office in Grand Rapids and in various locations in Russia.

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