We truly have come a very long ways in America. Today we have one party who has chosen for the very first time in history, a Black Man for their Presidential Nominee, and another who has chosen the first woman for it’s vice presidential nominee. Great leaps for mankind as we have reached for a new dimension in governing the free world.
What an opportunity there is for the Churches of the World to prove the power of God’s love to change race-hatred into brotherly love? The question now is, will they do it? Will the leaders that God has chosen to lead His people begin to preach brotherly love to their followers to show that we all are truly created equally in the kingdom of God, or will they continue to allow the color of a person skin and gender to divide us?
Titus 3:3 reminds us that, “we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.” We all have fallen short of God’s glory, but as believers we are suppose to treat others the way God in His grace has treated us. A born again Christian is supposed to be able to put away his hatred, envy and evil thinking of his brother or sister, and love each other as God has loved all of us.
Let’s examine this text for a minute, because it paints a dark picture of the state of our human nature. What causes such a sad condition? The answer is “Adam’s fall.” Think for a moment just how Cain, the first child born of the man God created, shed the blood of his brother Abel. The first child born on earth came under the power of the devil, who “was a murderer from the beginning, a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44) Because of the evil Satan perpetrated upon Adam and Eve we have allowed that evil to continue to be a part of our lives today.
Humanity’s love of their own people, implanted in their hearts by nature, soon changed to hatred of other peoples. Love of country became the source of race-hatred and bloodshed. Note how God has placed the races side by side to see if our Christianity will enable us to overcome race-hatred. Will we, in the power of Christ’s love, prove that “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, black or white, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us” (Colossians 3:11)?
How wonderful it would be if at this moment in history, we could put away our race hatred and gender bias and do what’s right, love one another as Christ has so loved us, and if our Churches and Church leaders could be an example of Christ’s love for all mankind.