Community in Action December 14, 2020

There is neither Jew nor Gentile,

neither salve nor free, 

nor is there male and female,

for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28


    How do we come together as a people on this earth? How do we find common ground? How do we learn to accept each other when we have differing points of view? These are questions which plague us at the best of times and I won’t say this is even the best of times.

    I think of those who lived through World War II, being the my parents and so much of the world. That war definitely brought people together. It is too bad a common enemy is sometimes what is needed to bring people together.

    But I remember hearing about the rationing of gasoline, of nylons, and even meat during this period of time. This was accepted and adhered to, for the most part, by all Americans. People were willing to go without because it would help the cause to defeat “our” enemies.

    I know there are times when even among members of a family there is conflict, but if an outsider attempts to cause a similar conflict with a family member all the members of the family rally around the victim and the outsider has to contend with the entire family.

    Yet Paul, in what we believe is his first letter on record to believers, tells us that we are all one in Christ. It doesn’t matter what social position we have in society. It doesn’t matter what country we are from. It doesn’t matter what genetics we have, we are all one in Christ.

    In this letter Paul was bringing this up because there were some Christians requiring Non-Jews to be circumcised before they could be “included” in God’s family. Yet Paul is telling them there is no one who is to be considered an outsider if they accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.

    We need to remember first and foremost we are brothers and sisters of each other. If that is truly so then this brotherhood and sisterhood means we must band together when ever anyone is threaten with injustice. In Romans 12:15-16 it says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.”

    So I am asking you to remind me and those around you that we are all in this together. We are here on this earth to serve each other. There is no one who is better than another and there is no one who God does’t want to give them grace, mercy, and love.

    So let’s be the family God has called us to be and be the ones who care for each other, care for those in need, and give respect and dignity to everyone who walks or even just lives on this earth.

    Seeking to care for humanity with you,

    Pastor Randy

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