In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! (Col. 3:11, NRSV)

This is not a plea for “all lives matter” or “I’m just colorblind.” Those are cultural responses to tribalistic issues. The gospel is far more powerful.

It’s not about erasing color lines. In Christ, there is still the amazing range of difference in humanity. But in Christ, how humanity can move forward is unity IN HIM. The old divisions we’ve created in history and cultures are erased. The reason they are erased is that in culture we make those divisions to find ways to build up one side and tear down the other. In Christ, the humanity Christ forms as it has always been intended: relying on HIS power moving through us so that we don’t tear down anyone anymore.

Religious distinctions, cultural distinctions… all of those ways we mark out territory to create tribalism… are nothing in Christ. The gospel breaks down man-made walls. It does not classify people by race, tribe, nationality, or class. It does not calculate anyone’s worth based on those divisions. Each group deserves equal respect. Being in Christ, not from some particular class or race, is what matters.

The Church should show a better way in this world.

(Drawn from some notes referring to the NIV Application Commentary: Colossians and Philemon written by David E. Garland)

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