Bridge Builders

November 12, 2017

Bridge Builders

When hurricane Harvey devastated some of the coastal cities along the southeastern coast of Texas it was said that there were no Democrats or Republicans, no whites, blacks or Mexicans. They were all united as one in helping one another. It is unfortunate that it took a hurricane to unite people. Hurricane Harvey served as a bridge.

Matthew 5:9 says “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” We need more peacemakers. God says they are blessed and will be blessed. They are a blessing to those around them. It has been said “United we stand: divided we fall.”

What has more merit and is more virtuous, being a peacemaker or a troublemaker? Why be a troublemaker when you can be a peacemaker? Why be a divider when you can be a unite r? Be honest with yourself. If you have any self respect and love for your country and those around you, you will want to be a peacemaker.

don’t be intimidated if someone accuses you of being a hater just because you don’t agree with them. That is happening frequently in our day. It is a means of silencing those who speak out against an immoral life style or a false ideology. If someone accuses you of being a hater, I hope you can honestly assure them that you don’t have anyone. You might kindly say to them, “I’m sorry but I don’t hate you because you can’t agree with me.”

We need to be bridge builders to make possible a free intercourse between racial and people groups. We do it by love. We need to reach out to them and assure them that we love and respect them as a person. We may not agree with them on everything. To be honest, there probably isn’t anyone that you agree with 100%. Even husbands and wives don’t agree on everything, but that doesn’t stop them from loving one another.

We need to use wisdom with regard to those whom we allow to have a place in the inner circle of those we call our friends. Proverbs 13:20 says “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Again I Corinthians 15:33 says “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” The word “communications” could be better translated “companions.” We don’t hate all those who are not included in the inner circle of our friends.

The word “hate” has a place in our vocabulary, but not in the way it is often being used today. Other words that are frequently used to intimidate people are “white racist”. “white supremacist,” “homphobe” and “islamaphobe.”

Those who seek to intimidate people with these labels are not building bridges. To the contrary, they are tearing them down. They are dividing instead of uniting.

We need to seek ways and means of reaching out to other people groups and show them that they have no reason to think that we hate them. They may think that we are trying to win them to our way of thinking. You may be snubbed and rejected for building a bridge, but don’t let that discourage you. It is alright to seek to win them to your way of thinking, but you will have to build a bridge to them before you can do that.

If you are of the opinion that your race makes you superior to those of a different race you are dead wrong. We are all human beings. To despise those of other nations is to find fault with God’s creation. Acts 17:26 says that God “made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” We are all made of the same stuff. If you think you are superior to others you need to read and meditate on Malachi 2:10. “Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?”

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