I am adopted…And if you are a Christian, then you have been adopted too. The Bible is clear about that. You are adopted into the brotherhood of Christ.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
So when you made the decision to follow Jesus…all else becomes a secondary characteristic. Yes we have cultural differences, and we do worship differently. But those things should not be our bond.
What unites us is our faith in one king.
What should define us… is our love for Jesus Christ. A brotherhood that cannot be broken. Of course it can be strained at times. We are all human and face growing pains. But our bond is one that supersedes color, or should. When you choose Jesus you give up the right to say “white” pride. Or black “pride”.
There is only red pride.
Because we have been washed in the power of the blood. Jesus should become more important than skin tones. He didn’t come and die and wash your sin away to make you feel good about being white or black or red or yellow or anything in between.
The Bible tells us time and time again. There is no good thing in this flesh… so why on earth should we have pride in anything that comes with it??
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. )
So if I have no pride in this flesh then obviously I have no “right” to treat anyone any certain way, except how Jesus would tell me to.
Are we perfect.. of course not! I’m sure we have all done things in ignorance in the past. The point is now… today. We have the power of the Holy Spirit within us to change the world. And we are fighting a war that simply cannot be won with hate.
It is only the love of Christ that can change the hearts of men…
I know. Because He changed mine.
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 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.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
1 Corinthians 1:10
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!