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Equality

Oct
12

And he [Christ] is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)

There is really only one true way that we are equal. We all sin, we all fall short, and therefore we all need Jesus Christ who atoned for those sins. That is the great equalizer. That is the reason I cannot ever think I am better than anyone else. No matter what the situation is, no matter who the person is, we have this commonality between us. This knowledge is the great unifying force.

I firmly believe that knowing we are all in need of Jesus Christ is the foundation to peace. This will stop the divisiveness that exists because we think we know more than the next guy. Simply acknowledging that we are equal partners in Christ will allow us to humbly search for truth, dutifully stand up for our beliefs, reverently discuss our differences, and respect the free will of others who disagree. To me, that is where equality begins and ends.

As C.S. Lewis puts it: “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit.” (The Weight of Glory.)

Does this mean that we don’t have any differences between us? Of course not. Does it mean we won’t have disagreements? How boring. What this does mean is that we can get along and encourage each other despite any perceived conflict. In other words, we can discuss and share ideas with each other from a place of strength. We will know when we speak to each other we are coming from a position of love and respect. That is what puts us on equal footing.

So, it is turning to the Lord that creates equality: “Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? Are not your ways unequal?” (Ezk 18:25) How can it be otherwise? “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cor 15:21,22)

“..it is to expiate this sin that Jesus Christ came to the world. His soul, created from the beginning with the other spirits, alone remained absolutely faithful to God.” (Origen, Tixeront, Historire des Dogmes, Vol. 1, p. 313. As quoted by James Barker, Apostasy from the Divine Church, p. 49.)

Christ Did Not Offer a Political Solution

Sep
23

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27.)

Small sample headlines of today:

The list goes on and on: Homelessness, Foreign Affairs, the Economy, the Environment, Racism, Bigotry, World Peace, etc. What is to be done? Where do we look for answers?

How painful it sometimes is to have the wrong answer. How much more painful then to be the wrong answer. (Rasmussen, Dennis, The Lord’s Question, pg.8.)

The world would say the answers are to be found in politicians, lawyers, judges, media outlets and social media. But what solutions do they offer? Do they bring us any closer to peace “not as the world giveth” or security that “let[s] not your heart be troubled?”

If not here, then where do we find the brotherhood of man? Is it not discovered in the little Babe of Bethlehem?

To realize the brotherhood of man, it is necessary to recognize the Fatherhood of God and to accept the leadership of Jesus Christ. (Barker, James, Apostasy from the Divine Church, pg. 3.)

Christ came not to offer a political solution, but rather preached an individualized message of love:

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:36-40.)

All the law? Yes! Everything hangs on us loving God and loving our neighbor. It is found in each of us.

Can it really be this simple? Would following these commandments really stop all the bickering and division? Would it solve all the issues of the day? Search your heart for the answer:

And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. (Mark 12:32-33.)