Reconciliation for all!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)

 There has been a lot of talk, awe and uproar, not to mention grief recently over the grim yet stark revelations of people’s cruelty to their brothers and sisters at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Aren’t we stunned at what people could do with power? How the weak are at the mercy of the brutal use and abuse of authority by those whom God has put above us? 

What has come out clearly from the Commission’s hearings is that whatever it takes, and however long it is suppressed, the truth will always come to light at all costs. The fact of the matter is that there is nothing that can be hidden from God. He sees and knows every evil or good deed we have done. Better still, He sounds our hearts and knows our thoughts. Before we even speak, He knows it all together. “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)

From our vantage point, we observe, we scoff at, we pass judgment, we condemn; we even strip open and lament over what the Commission has unearthed. You may wonder what is man that God is mindful of him, the son of man that God should tolerate him? By our deeds we shame God, the Creator. We ask ourselves how could they have behaved this way? We see to what extent the devil can go with his negative influences on us when we let him. We see how atrocious each of our hearts could become when we become agents of the evil one. 

From the revelations, we understand that all the perpetrators of evil were the devil’s puppets, whether knowingly or unknowingly. They yielded to the ploys of the devil and became ready instruments for use for his agenda. But then, the whole nation bears the blame on its shoulders for failing to cry foul in the face of adversity. “All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory...” (Romans 3:23) The whole nation should go down on its knees and ask for pardon and be reconciled with God for not being ‘each brother’s keeper.’

After Cain committed murder because the Lord had looked “with favour on Abel (his brother) and his offering but on Cain and his offering He did not look with favour,” God confronted him. “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” “The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:9-10) Whilst others had kept these happenings a secret, the blood of the victims has been crying to God for justice. No amount of cover or silence could have put the lid on this wanton act of violence and treachery. 

The nation as a whole should be reconciled with God over this inhumane blood-letting that has tarnished this nation’s bleak history -- for passing by and turning a blind eye, for looking on as outsiders rather that showing concern. Such events run contrary to the image of what has often been qualified ‘a peaceful nation.’ “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” (Matthew 26:26) With the backdrop of this breach of the peace, comes this flood of revelations to confirm what the word of God categorically states cannot be hidden and will always be brought to light.

Since the creation, humanity has not stopped offending God; human beings have always sought to have their own way, not heeding the indisputable word of the Father and blatantly disobeying His commands, engaging in smear campaigns, spreading slander about Him and constantly vexing Him, all in bid to try and stretch out His patience.

Aware that we cannot bear God’s fury, a national day of reconciliation would be in place NOW, not tomorrow.  As a nation we all will need to be reconciled to God. The offences we commit are against God and not to our fellow human beings. Therefore with reconciliation our relationship with God is restored. It is God who is making the first move, taking the first step. Through the reconciliation process our sins are washed away, blotted out to make us righteous again. In so doing, the strained relationship with God is mended.

Our reconciliation with Christ has made us brand new people, recreated beings: transformed, rehabilitated or re-educated. God reconciled Himself to us through Christ. Indeed, God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ by not counting men’s sins against them. Thus, he has given us, Christians, ‘the ministry of reconciliation.’ Because only Christ could pay the price of sin, God sent His Only Begotten Son to perform this task. Paul exhorts us: “Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20c)

That Christ, the Messiah, has settled our sin-debt in full with the Father, we have not only been restored, but equally set free. All it takes to access it, is to believe in ‘the finished work’ of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. God has provided all of us with a means of escape, a means of grace to become who we really should be -- acting in love and compassion towards one another and walking in truth.

Yes, ‘never again’ should be the mode of conduct that should govern our actions and thoughts; to the extent that we do not think evil to do evil. However, we cannot, no matter how hard we try, accomplish this in our own strength. Yes, no more should we be onlookers and passers-by because we are not directly affected. When we bleed the nation bleeds, and the resulting pain should be our concern. Everyone, without exception, hurts.

Let us therefore seek righteousness, for “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34).” 

“He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of man’s heart.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)

Author: Galandou Gorre-Ndiaye