Our church is nearing the end of a series of sermons on Nehemiah, who led the reconstruction of Jerusalem’s walls on return from Babylonian captivity. We can appreciate the importance of having a well-defended city in ancient times, but perhaps nowadays we are called to break down barriers, both physical and metaphorical? Honestly, I’m not being political – I rarely take political sides nowadays – but I think Christians generally should aim to open doors rather than bolt gates.
When Nehemiah’s wall finally made Jerusalem secure
At last Judah could return and set itself apart,
Levites could banish all that they deemed impure.
Love outpoured at Calvary now melts our granite heart,
Safe within Christ’s arms, we can tear down walls once more.