If asked to describe your nationality, how would you respond? Would you answer, “I’m Black, I’m German, or I’m Hispanic?” Or would you say I’m an American? When asked about their culture most Americans respond by describing how America is a melting pot of races, ethnicities, and cultures freely pursuing the American dream; whatever that is! While most people amplify cultural differences, very rarely do they discuss the common bond that binds us all regardless of our color, culture, or belief system—we’re all Americans.
When we separate cultures in an attempt to define, or set ourselves apart from other races, in essence, we’re subtly operating in a spirit of division; the same spirit which has wreaked havoc on this nation, causing separation, rather than merging the cultures.
In Germany, a person from that country is considered to be German. Likewise, a person from Italy is considered to be Italian. However, when an Italian or German person becomes an American citizen, their cultural distinctions no longer exist—they’re both Americans. The same is true for a born—again Believer. Once you’re born again, you’re part of the household of faith; a brother or sister with anyone who is of the same household. You’re no longer White, Black, Italian, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, or whatever ethnic or religious distinction you formerly embraced. You’re a Christian!
When we discover who we are in Christ, and gain a solid understanding of our covenant with God, we’ll begin to thrive in the unity of God’s perfect design. Otherwise, we will continue to magnify our differences, and a spirit of division will remain in our society, corroding its moral fiber.
Although this topic may appear very insignificant, in my opinion, it emphasizes the importance of our regarding the Scriptures in everything we do. Our forefathers founded this country according to the principles of the Word of God; however, the foundation of our nation has been breached, which is why we’re continuously trying to figure out why division and racism exists.
Although we magnify our differences, the Word says Believers are part of one body. So if there’s no cultural distinction in God’s eyes, why does it exist in ours?
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