Unity: If God Doesn't Discriminate, Why Do You?
Galatians 3:28 “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For we are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Colossians 3:11 “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.”
Have you seen the news lately? Black lives matter, blue lives matter, racism, sexism, and phobias abound. Everyone takes a side with the latest news flash before they know all the facts. People look at the color of someone’s skin instead of the content of their character. We judge first, make up our minds based on our own prejudice, and we can end up discriminating again someone sometimes without even realizing it.
Now most of us either do not think we discriminate or we justify our discrimination based on upbringing, society, or a number of other factors. Let’s be honest, our churches across the country do not reflect the communities they live in. Churches end up being predominately one race from that community and if someone from a different race shows up, we make them feel welcome, but at the same time we encourage them that the church down the street may be more suited for them. Or the person feels like they do not fit in and goes to a church where the skin color of the congregation is all the same.
God did not create the church to be segregated or to discriminate. In the “church service” in Revelation, John sees people from every nation, tribe, and tongue at the throne, worshiping God. Heaven does not have –isms or –phobias. As a matter of fact, Paul explains God’s attitude on the subject to us in Galatians 3:28 & Colossians 3:11. As believers, Race (Jew or Gentiles), Gender (Male or Female), Social/Financial Status (slave, free, barbaric, uncivilized), or Christian Faction (circumcised or uncircumcised) do not matter to God because in Christ we, as believers, are all equal and the same in the eyes of God.
So today, take a good hard look at yourself, your actions, and attitude. God does not discriminate and we, as the body of Christ, should not either. Choose unity!