So, in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-29
This statement from the book of Galatians was made by Paul. Not very long earlier, being known as Saul of Tarsus, this same man had been seeking out and imprisoning or killing Christians. What a change of heart!
This same change of heart, which is the hallmark of the Christian faith, should be in full bloom in all of us. Think how the world might look at Christians today if we took the position that, despite our political and cultural differences, we are one in Christ and we honor one another, even if we have different backgrounds and experiences.
The political tribalism that seems to rule our landscape is divisive and corrosive. Our first allegiance is not to politics or cultural or racial background. Our first allegiance is to the Kingdom work that Jesus gave to us – to love one another, serve the least and the lost in the world, and usher, as much as we can, the Kingdom of God to earth, “as it is in heaven”.
Prayer: Lord, give us the fruits of the Holy Spirit to love one another despite our differences, Amen