The Answer. . .Is On The Wall

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.

8 thoughts on “The Answer. . .Is On The Wall

    • Merc, what a joy to hear from one of my best friends of all time. Thanks for your kind reply. May God bless you, your family, and your fellowship. One thing I know for sure: they are all blessed to have you!

  1. Hate crimes are criminal actions intended to harm or intimidate people because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or other minority group status. They are also referred to as bias crimes.

    Since the 1980s, the problem of hate crimes has attracted increasing research attention, especially from criminologists and law enforcement personnel who have focused primarily on documenting the prevalence of the problem and formulating criminal justice responses to it..FIrst i one in the history of man kind stop against those kind of kind the saver jesus christ when said love your enemy ,what great words that words. why do not follow the example of jesus to lover our enemy.why people used jesus teaching to killed like

    • Dear Peacemaker,

      Hate sure is a crime. It absolutely is – at least the way Jesus looks at it. Jesus said, “I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment” (Matthew 5:22). His disciple, John, said, “Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him” (1 John 3:15). And yes, Jesus said, “I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. . .” (Matthew 5:43).

      Wow! Powerful stuff, isn’t it? But I don’t think we can have this kind of love on our own strength or willpower. I think it comes from God as He changes our hearts. I think we have to ask Him for it.

      When Jesus came into my heart as a child, he changed me. He gave me a love for God and for people. I don’t always live a life of love but I want to. And He can do it through me if I ask. No hate. Love. Even for enemies.

  2. Religion now day used as pretext to killed and persecuted people around the has been atrocity commited in name of islam as well as in the name of christain. we saw muslim commited atrocities against muslim and christain as well as in name of islam.Today in norway Breivik claim is acting against muslim and he is member of knight templar which target muslim .we badly need for people like pastor mark to promote peace between religion that exact what jesus was trying to do.i had carried a message of peace to whole world

    • Peacemaker,

      Religion has been used for centuries to kill or persecute people – I agree wholeheartedly. But I don’t promote “religion.” Not even Christianity (I much prefer to be called a “follower of Jesus”). I just want to promote Jesus. His words, his actions, his person. When he enters the human heart of anyone who invites him there, he brings peace with God and a desire for peace between people – even enemies.

  3. Great work brother Mark! I pray that God bless you, and use you more and more for his glory! Be blessed… Shalom.

    • Samer,

      Thank you, brother! Yes, I hope and pray with all my heart that God will indeed use me for His glory. There is no greater purpose in life or in death than His glory – that all people may see Him clearly in all His majesty, beauty, and sacrificial love.

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