Wednesday, July 29, 2009

'Destroyed ... the dividing wall of hostility'

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility ... .
I had an enjoyable time last week destroying something.

It was during a vacation during a little remodeling of my small workshop. In that basement shop, an old wardrobe, ugly and in poor condition, was present when we bought our house. We used it to store paint and various supplies, very inefficiently, but it was all we had.

But last week, we bought a utility shelf unit to replace the wardrobe. A pry bar took care of dismantling it quite easily, and I was able to retain pieces I plan to use for future projects.

What was junk, an obstacle, is gone.

Paul wrote about destroying something too - something in the way. He wrote about Christ destroying the barrier that kept people apart. Read the entire verses in Ephesians 2:11-22.

Are barriers still out there? Sadly, yes. Human-generated barriers are all over this world. Call them hatred, hostility, prejudice. Let's destroy them. Good news: No physical exertion required. Let's get the junk, the obstacles, out of the way.

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