Reading Between The Lines

In a quote from Cheryl Brown the mother of a 13 yr old witness of the Trayvon Martin death; the phrase “read between the lines” stands out.   “Brown also said that Serino (Police detective) told her to “read between the lines” because there was some “stereotyping” or “racial profiling.” She also said that Serino told her that Zimmerman shot Trayvon because he was black“.

Between the lines there is a mysterious place where multi-ethnic/spiritual connections can occur.  In a society full of divisions and borders contacts are made, however, these barriers can become an unspoken code of conduct. What keeps us from crossing these boundaries is the fear of being ostracized. The ministry of reconciliation, spoken of in God’s word, is found within these secretive places.

The word reconciliation, as it appears in 2 Corinthians 5:18, is defined in Greek language as katallagh, which means to exchange or to bring into a place of harmonious existence by moving one of lesser value to equal value. These words are neither a political statement or meant to satisfy the latest well-intended fad. They are as real as the creator Himself. This is not only true in the condition of God and man but, also regarding the true nature of interethnic relations.

“Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it!”   2 Corinthians 5:16 The Message (MSG)

There are discrepancies in the perceived value of others based on preconceived ideas that we allow to become our reality. For example, we evaluate, then discount one another’s’ diverse ethnic expressions of worship and yet at the same time question equality in the justice system, as in the Trayvon Martin tragedy. Race is nothing more than a social construct developed by man to turn God’s creation into a grid work of social stratification by using exclusion, branding and manipulation.

By reading between the lines we become successful in “Building The Bridge Together” over the ethnic/cultural divide. We can allow our feet to reach into the ambient waters of reconciliation. The secret is that we must let go in order to stay buoyant. We must broaden our focus in order to find clarity and achieve unity.     

“All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.”  2 Corinthians 5:18 (16-20) The Message (MSG)

Kevin Robinson, Executive Director of Accord1

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