Why we really build walls

Why we really build walls

It’s a well-known fact: Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the US-Mexican border.

Ever since we’ve been separated from God after our cosmic rejection of him, we’ve wanted to separate ourselves from others.

This separation can be mild annoyance, relational breakdown, or avoidance of people we don’t like.

But sometimes we let our hostility run wild. Sometimes we build walls. Think of Berlin in the twentieth century. You’d think we’d learn our lesson.

Pure Policy?

Trump claims his plan will reduce drug-trafficking and illegal immigration. But is this really why we humans build walls?

Can we really say there is no hatred of others? No superiority-complex placing ourselves, our nation, our values on a throne, as we use our power to squash competitors? 

Who can hear Trump’s previous comments about Hispanic people and conclude that this is a simple masterstroke of his foreign policy?

Who can look into their own heart and see only a desire to be last, so that others might go first? (Mark 9:35)

Policy of Peace

Christians must fight this war that rages in our hearts.

‘For [Jesus] himself is our peace, who…has destroyed the dividing wall of hostility… His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace.’ Ephesians 2:14-15

Jesus died so our reconciliation with God would be mirrored in his people. So there’d be no hint of racism, no favouritism (James 2:9).

No Christian will disagree with this. But what about the cultural walls we build ourselves? The ‘banter’ about the working or middle classes? About Christians of a different tribe?

What about the anger or frustration we harbour towards members of our church family?

Jesus is our peace with God. He died to destroy any and every cultural, social and relational dividing wall of hostility.