Today’s Dividing Walls of Hostility
“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.”ephesians 2:14
The current social climate of our society is tumultuous, at best. It can feel like a new scandal, issue, or flat-out culture war is waiting for us each morning when we wake up. Try as you might to not take sides, it’s hard to ignore the screams from both side of the issue when they’re being broadcast across your social media platform of choice.
It’s healthy to have some conflict, and it’s OK to question things. But where is the line drawn between difference in opinion and bitter conflict? Why are we so quick to suit up and go to war instead of taking a moment to listen in understanding neutrality?
As Christians, we feel an especially strong tug to uphold the moral standards laid out for us by our Creator, but God never wanted us to rebuke at the cost of our relationships with our community. We are all different, which means there will always be something to disagree about.
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”Romans 12:17-18
Among women, conflict and “tough topics” seem to be prevalent. Women in the workplace deal with ageism, racism, sexism, and a host of other issues nearly every day they step foot into the office. The issues don’t stop there, though. In their personal lives and even spiritual lives, Christian women are followed by the menacing shadows of these painful and degrading issues. And it needs to stop.
Join us this month as we hear from women just like us who have faced a variety of difficult, tense, and even threatening situations and emerged on the other side with their stories of how we can work together to make this world a better place for all. God’s original goal was for all of us to live in a perfect world, and even though that plan didn’t remain reality, He still desires for His children to find a peaceful coexistence. That cultural shift just might be waiting for you to take a stand for it.