Though I've read the New Testament before, this verse didn't stand out then as it did this morning. But today's verse is the first I've noticed in the New Testament that says we're all equal in the eyes of God. And it says it without equivocation!
"Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all." ~ Colossians 3:11
Of course we are different. We look different. We act differently.
From the color of our skin to the shape of our bodies, we're a diverse society. We see the differences, but in God's eyes, we're all equal. We're all the same. Black, white, yellow, brown, or pink with purple polka dots...we're all equally loved and valuable in the sight of Jesus Christ.
Ranging from our political views to the way we discipline our kids is a huge span of ideas, but as long as our beliefs and our actions are Biblically sound, God's not overly concerned. He doesn't care if you're a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or a member of a 3rd party. As long as you're not abusive or enabling a child to do wrong, He's not going to condemn you for choosing to spank your kid or putting them in time out.
To Jesus Christ, your race, creed, color, or nationality don't matter! To Jesus Christ, your political persuasion and your physical appearance don't matter! HE LOVES US ALL! And He wants every single person on earth to come to Him, to believe in Him, and to worship Him. And in exchange for accepting His love, he showers us with His grace and mercy, forgives us of our sins, and blesses us with the promise of eternal life.
So cast off your prejudices and love your neighbor. Jesus does.
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