Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Body Broken - Ch 4

There has been some discussion in political circles lately about building a wall along the Mexican border. Jack Reese spends some time in chapter 4 talking about walls that have been constructed throughout history. I was struck by his assertion that some walls protect, some walls contain, but all walls divide.

The symbolism of visible walls communicates a desire to be separated for safety, privacy, protection, or privilege. Invisible walls - barriers within human hearts - may not be as overtly symbolic, but they are often more impenetrable. These are the walls that divide races, that divide white collar and blue collar, that divide the North and South, and that divide Christians.

Paul addresses the walls that existed between Jews and Gentiles in the Ephesian church by pointing out that there is one body, one spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God. Reese says that "Being separated from people for whom Christ has died is not living a life worthy of what Christ has done".

I have been contemplating the walls in my heart and I found that today's post in Mike Cope's blog speaks both to the source of some of those walls and the means to tear them down. What walls are in your heart?

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