If anyone were to initiate a public discussion or study on Reconciliation—like maybe start a blog on it—they would realize one thing very quickly:
People mean many different things when they use the word Reconciliation.
To combat this, I gave my specific definition of Reconciliation in an earlier post (“Wait. What Does Reconciliation Even Mean?“). But I think there is one part of Reconciliation that should not be up to opinion:
In order for Reconciliation to be possible, there must be a previous time that you are trying to get to.
Here is a situation where Reconciliation does not exist: Let’s say your best friend had an arch-nemesis. This particular friend told you all about their arch-nemesis and how much they hated them, so much so that you began to hate them as well (and you haven’t even met them yet!).
Now…fast forward a few days. You get put in a group project at school with your best friend’s arch-nemesis. You already don’t like each other because of the mutual contact, and you both end up submitting completely different projects and becoming petty to each other.
Now…fast forward a few months, your best-friend makes friends with this old arch-nemesis and wants you to become friends as well. Let’s say you agree, you both apologize and now you are one big, happy friend group. There was NOT Reconciliation between you and the arch-nemesis because you never had a relationship to begin with! Instead, a new friendship was formed.
Spotlight into “Racial Recognition”
This is one reason that the phrase “Racial Recognition” is under lots of scrutiny. When referring to the racial tensions in America, everyone must agree that there was never a time of true Racial equality and unity. This means that we can’t possibly have Reconciliation because there was never a good relationship to begin with, and therefore there is nothing to repair.
The Ultimate Reconciliation
However, when talking about Racial Reconciliation, some might actually be referring a lot farther back than the history of the United States, global expansion, or even human civilization. Instead, many are referring to restoration to how racial relationships would have been in the Garden of Eden…in a perfect world.
This is the Ultimate Reconciliation.
Our world has been fractured and every act we do should be towards this Reconciliation of How Things Should Be with How Things Are. Those two things used to be the same. They aren’t anymore. But our job as humans and creatures made in the image of God is to work towards the reunion of them.
Hi. I am Ravyn Carico and I’m honored to have you listening to my thoughts!
I am a current college student and enjoy talking about ideas in a way that is practical and real—especially Reconciliation. I hope that my words can add to this important and impactful discussion.