The great equalizer

Daily reading: Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29
Tuesday May 30, 2017

Galatians 3:23-28
23 Before faith came, we were guarded under the Law, locked up until faith that was coming would be revealed, 24 so that the Law became our custodian until Christ so that we might be made righteous by faith.

25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian.
26 You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

The words of Galatians 3:28, are not just a point of celebration then,
but they serve as a check point for us to examine how it is we allow this message to guide our community.  So while this two tiered system existed in the secular world of believers, within their community, the Holy Spirit gives full permission for equal rights among followers.

Just like the old adage of our Jewish brothers and sisters who used to tell their children that while it might be okay for their children’s friends to act and talk in a certain way, it is not okay for them to behave in such a manner.  This adage has become a mantra in our own homes, as our community has become increasingly secular.  It might be okay for other families, but not for ours. We are followers of Christ.  We practice forgiveness and compassion and we don’t speak in anger about God or Christ Jesus.

It then becomes the basis for our claim that while out in the world this two tiered system might exist, it doesn’t within our community, because, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we all are given unique gifts and talents that are equally valued and celebrated.

Prayer: Gracious God, allow me to be open to your unconditional love.  May it fill me so that my life is altered and I am able to see the world through your grace filled lens.  May Christ be before me, behind me, to my right and left and be my guide today.  Amen.


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