Ever since the fall of humanity those many millennia ago, people have had the predilection to organize themselves in groups that keep them distinct from other groups. Whether it is high school peer groups or office politics; whether it is class warfare or church cliques; there has always been this tendency to think better about the groups we identify with, and to look down and believe the worst about those we don’t understand or just don’t plain like.
But Jesus is the person that changes it all. “Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman.” I’m not sure the English translations of Paul’s phrasing here can truly capture his emphatic pathos about this issue. For Paul, Christ’s cross has done so much more than bring personal salvation; it has completely eradicated prejudice, discrimination, and division. The church is to be the one place on earth where divisions do not exist anymore. It is to be a foretaste of heaven.
Since the ground is level at the cross, we are to live into Christian unity with an attitude of humility and meekness, and with actions of gusto. One way of doing this is to simply walk across the room and meet a new person and engage them in some meaningful dialogue. Walk across the street and talk with a neighbor for whom you think you have little in common with.
Gracious God, you have abolished barriers through the redemption of Christ. Prevent me from erecting walls that would divide and use me to be a bridge so that others may experience equality in Jesus. Amen.