Aug 17, 2018
This week’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians
(Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2) is a particularly
piercing word for the church today. Paul makes a powerful appeal
that’s needed in a time when “truth” is a questionable commodity in
our current society.
Along with questioning “the truth”, we live in a culture where anger, malice and slander are met – and dished out – at every turn. Paul unequivocally reminds us, that as Christian disciples, we are to live differently. God has poured out his life in his Son, Jesus Christ, and has made us his beloved children. As children of God, our old life has been put away and we are growing into a new life together in Jesus Christ. That new life changes how we deal with one another.
In our society, and in our Christian life together, anger emerges from our deep divides. Anger lashes out when people isolate themselves in their own realities and think their ways of going about life are the ONLY ways to go about life. When isolated individuals or groups collide, there can be no peace. Anger erupts.