I am still struck by the sight of “the wall” that I saw in Bethlehem. You just don’t see walls like that where I come from. This wall is so imposing. So hard, tall, foreboding, impenetrable. But what about the relational walls between individuals, ethnic groups, or adherants of different religions that can be just as ugly and strong? How can those walls come down?
I firmly believe no amount of human strength, willpower, wisdom, or planning can create peace between people. No, we need something more. I saw the answer. The answer was on the wall. One form of the answer was spray painted on the wall in words. The other was painted as an incredible mural.
The painted words are from an ancient prophet, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).
Look at the mural of Jerusalem and notice the walls which the artist hopes will one day be broken down.
Now look at the full picture and see how the artist points us to something above, something higher than our walls. Something from heaven.
Both the spray painted words and the mural point to God — the only answer.
God is the only One who can give us the ability to love, forgive, and reconcile with those who have deeply wounded us, our loved ones, or our people. In our own ability, we cannot do these things. We need changed hearts. Actually, we need new hearts.
Jesus said, “Love your enemies” (The Injeel, Matthew 5:44) and “Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (The Injeel, Luke 6:27-28).
We can’t love like this — at least I can’t. No, we can’t tear down such high walls in our relationships. But God can do it through us if we surrender our bitterness, anger, and hatred to Him. He is the answer.
The answer. . .is on the wall.