But I am surprised to see that this term is alien to many Christians. I wrote to a friend who questioned me about this "reconciliation" and how it pertains to Nudists who are Christians. So I wrote the following:
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (New International Version)
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
Romans 5:11 Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
I wrote this to a question about reconciliation on the BACN Forum when the person thought restoration was the main theme of God, not reconciliation. He used Jesus in the garden after the resurrection as a sign of restoration of all things. Which is true, however, as I replied here:
"Restoration is a theme as well, but for humanity itself, reconciliation has to come first. Restoration is the result of reconciliation. We are reconciled for restoration (taking broken humanity and restoring it through reconciliation)
If you restored a city to it's former glory, but have not reconciled to the people of that city, it is just patching the world, but not the relationships. War will continue, and the city will be destroyed again.
Reconciliation is about relationship. Restoration is the result of good reconciliation.
1Cor. 13:1-3 "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains (restore cities), but have not love (reconciliation), I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames (to works), but have not love, I gain nothing."
1 John 4:20 "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother (not willing to reconcile), he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen."
*(parenthesis are my additions for subject clarity)*
Jesus in the garden was a sign of restoration of all things, which is true, but reconciliation came first from the moment the holy spirit took Mary and impregnated her, then the garden.
Everything Jesus did was an act of reconciliation, thus restoration. "God with us" (Restoration) or "Emanuel" is the result of the act reconciliation."
I am really surprised that this theme of reconciliation has met such resistance! It's the whole theme of the bible from the time man took to himself what he thought was good and evil. God has been in that act of restoration through reconciliation from the beginning.
In the old testament, God prophesied through Hosea the reconciliation of humanity:
Hosea 3:1 The LORD said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes."
So how does reconciliation affect naturists? In every way. God is with us in everything, in every aspect of our lives! Jesus promised that he will never leave us nor forsake us. These naturists has been rejected by the Church and forced to "live in colonies" like they were lepers. Jesus went to these people, lepers, harlots, thieves, all, showed healing, mercy, fed them and gave them reconciliation, and turned towards the righteous pharisees and condemned them! He turned against the religious establishment and turned his heart towards humanity.
As it says, we are given the ministry of reconciliation. That is where we begin. We are the Christians they feel have abandoned them and pushed them aside. There is much to reconcile, and much to repent of and to forgive. We realize that reconciliation is a two way street, but God crossed the street first. He sent Jesus as an act of reconciliation long before man knew what was going on. The light didn't turn on for us about what God did to and for humanity until a good 50 days after Jesus was resurrected! His whole purpose was reconciliation, thus restoration of all things.
We are too busy condemning the world as bad, when Jesus said that no one is good except God. So we are all bad, there are no good people. We are just bad people who have seen the light of reconciliation and have taken on that ministry and bring the good news of salvation by showing reconciliation towards one another. There will be no peace or salvation without it.
Racism and wars are a result of broken humanity who has not seen the light of reconciliation. Church VS the people of this world is a result of a lack of reconciliation. It's time for the Church to take on that ministry of reconciliation and peace.
We cannot wait for others to love us or love God. A child knows nothing of love for its' parents, but the parents love that child. The helpless baby does nothing but cry, sleep and poop (or so it seems to us at times), yet our love for that child is priceless. Is God's love any less for humanity? Is God waiting for humanity to love him first before he stands in for them and reconcile them? Are we better with our children than God is towards his children?
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me (with the reconciliation of Jesus who has already reconciled us to himself, as per Rom 5:11)
Be Reconciled (Live a reconciled life)