From: David Kabanje
Date: September 13, 2021
Subject: GMU: Walls and Bridges

Good morning, Beautiful People! 

Look at the walls we create between each other; walls of segregation, bickering, aggression, tribalism, tradition, political alliances, religious beliefs, orientation, racism, and so on. We create so many walls that we become isolated, remote from the human and divine heart. God, in His mercy and grace, addresses our "wall building." In Isaiah 1, God addresses the wall of separation caused by sin between He and His people. God calls out Israel's sin in love and truth and invites them to bridge their relationship. Jesus says, "Come, let's talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!" (Isaiah 1:18 TLB). Jesus invites us to tear down our walls and build bridges through reasoning, repentance, and restoration. Remember this, your vertical relationship with God impacts your horizontal relationship with others. The barriers we make with God impact others negatively; however, the adverse is true too. When we break down the walls between God and us, we are restored to divine love and reconciled to each other. Let's take the bricks we have used to create walls and repurpose them to build bridges of mercy, grace, and forgiveness through the Holy Spirit.  

Have a great day dismantling your walls!

P.S. (for those that only read this section of GMU) You are all GREAT. You matter, and your presence here on campus makes Union what it is—beautiful!