With the recent racially-motivated shooting in a church in South Carolina, the question of “How can we all love each other more regardless of race or skin color?” screams out for an answer.
There is too much hatred going around these days.
I find spiritual help in Paul’s admonition to look beyond physical distinctions to the inner reality of every person. Individuality is not to be defined by skin color, country, ethnic origin or past prejudices. Every child of God is equally worthy of love, respect and honor.
Paul wrote, “Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ” Colossians 3:11, MSG.
We are spiritual beings. We are made in the likeness of God. And God’s likeness is expressed in millions of different ways. One way is no better or less than another way. Each form of godliness is to be honored and cherished for what it is.
The mortal mind tries to classify God’s likeness in terms of white and black, Anglo-American and African-American, and then in its error compare. But the comparisons must drop. Instead of measuring a man’s worth according to physical, social or ethnic observations, we should be looking for Christ in everyone. It’s what we have in common in Christ that is significant, and what we share in Christ is all of God’s love.
God loves everyone without partiality. God’s love is not qualified in any way. It is universal and all-inclusive. It’s a model for us to follow in our relations with each other.