Equal under Christ

20 10 2010

Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.” (Romans 10:11-13)

 

Division among Christians is one issue that seems to stick around, despite how much it has been discouraged both in the Bible and through the years. As Paul writes here in Romans, God treats us all exactly the same, no matter what our background. If we call on Him for help, we are heard as long as we ask in faith. We are all sinners, and we all need Christ. This we can agree on. So why do we seem to condemn those who worship God differently? Or who call out to Him in a way we are not used to? It doesn’t matter how you respond to God. What matters is that you are responding. It doesn’t matter how long you have believed in God. It only matters that you are believing. And it doesn’t matter how much you know about God. It only matters that you know Him personally.

Paul is writing here in Romans about the frustrations between Jews and Gentiles. The Jews (God’s chosen people who had been devoutly religious for thousands of years) were upset that the Gentiles (those who had only recently come to know God and never followed the traditional Jewish religious customs) could gain the same salvation through Christ as they could attain. Basically it was like this (in my paraphrased modern-day translation: Jew- “We have been going to church our whole lives, God loves us more because we go every Sunday, don’t drink or dance or let our children watch PG-13 movies. We listen to Focus of the Family on the radio and sign all our e-mails with ‘blessings.’ My parents and grandparents went to church, so I do too.” Gentile: “Doesn’t God love me too? I understand that Christ died for my sins, that he loved the poor and fed the hungry. Out of my love for Christ, I am obedient to Him and I am trying to follow His example, but I don’t understand why it is important for me to follow your silly rules.”

Get it? No matter when you came to Christ, no matter your situation, don’t let anyone look down on you because your faith in Christ doesn’t look like their faith in Christ. Times change, people are different. Connect with Jesus in your own way, as long as your are in the Word and believe in Him alone, He will direct your paths and show you how to worship.

 

In His love,
Stacey

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20 10 2010
altonwoods

I admire, applaud and share your passion!

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