If you find this meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise.
We live in a world that divides us into groups. Of course, that just might be one of those signs of sin, you know, signs that we’ve fallen from God’s intention for the whole human race. Still, we are constantly facing divisions. And we’ve accepted that those divisions actually have meaning. I mean, think about it, we’re divided by things as basic as gender and height and weight. And we’re divided by the color of our skin or the sound of our speech and the area of the world where we were born. Now these things are fairly basic and obvious. But we also divide ourselves by things as ill-defined as our view of God and our philosophy of government and the importance we place on class and income. I think we’d all agree that we use these factors to divide people, to divide ourselves, and often these vague and fuzzy standards become the most important factors. They become the very basis for our assumptions and prejudices.
But as Christians, I think it’s crucial that we recognize that, whether the characteristics we use are easy to see or in the eyes of the beholder, in the sight of God, none of them have meaning. Although they may have been necessary for society to function in the past, things changed when Christ entered our world and when he died for all humanity and when he was raised to begin a general resurrection that will involve his entire creation. You see, when Jesus came, those old divisions disappeared, and we all became one, something that those who trust that it happened can allow to shape both their words and their lives.