Journeying into the Hot Zone: the Difference maker II

Like a chain reaction, certain events that start as small, expand and challenge the entire fabric of society.  And like a nuclear chain reaction, the only way to stop this movement from spiraling out of control is through the use of control rods. In our current society, the control rods are the Difference Makers (peacemakers), those that serve as a true moral compass by using the language of reconciliation to make a difference. They place themselves in the middle of a chain reaction, but are not caught up in it because they do not affiliate themselves with ethnic, religious or political ideologies.

Sin and human nature started the chain reaction of people’s separation from God and each other, but Christ placed himself in the middle of this reaction as the control rod. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9, Young’s Literal Translation (YLT).  Scripture shows that the peace/difference maker is identified as a member of the family of God. The specially formulated makeup is evident in their advance skill to see all sides of a matter and properly discern injustice of any kind; yet be able to defuse the delicate situations of cultural divergence. Through the discipline of self control and spiritual maturity these difference makers can absorb the inflammatory rhetoric; the divisive memes of a society on the brink.

The special nature of Difference Makers is their love for God. For example, in a case like the Trayvon Martin tragedy, the Difference Makers do not alienate those that share different opinions or stereotype why certain ethnic groups look at the situation differently from another’s. However, they seek to discover the deeper mechanisms of human nature that causes groups to color a situation in totally different ways. They take control of emotionalism, media hype, racial hypersensitivity or racial indifference. The Difference Makers attempt to find common ground upon which the foundation of the bridge of reconciliation is laid.

As we sit in churches across the land, we have not yet learned to build bridges across the ethnic/cultural divide which stands between the lives and relationships of the diversity represented in the family of God. Rather than passively listen to the rhetoric, waiting for someone else to rise above it, we can choose to be Difference Makers. Success will come by stepping into the middle of the divide and making a difference from within.

The difference makers are those who chart another course “a Full Life in the Emptiest of Places”

“If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins, If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places— firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
 make the community livable again..  Isaiah 58:9-12 (MSG)

Kevin Robinson, Executive Director of Accord1 

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