“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
It’s no secret we live in a chaotic and broken world. In fact, it is so broken nothing short of an act of God can repair the damages.
I’m not speaking of the secondary damages of burned buildings, torched automobiles and devastated cities. I’m speaking of broken hearts, broken relationships and divided households. The stress of living has almost become intolerable for everyone. There must be a buy one attitude and get another one free in almost every work place environment across the U.S.
Hatred has spread like wildfire and some of us are left clueless. We have neither desire nor intent to do wrong to anyone’s person or possessions.
We are servants of Christ. We have surrendered ourselves to Him who has the power to sustain life. We have, in effect, become not only servants but bond servants of the Lord. This means we are at His disposal every second of every day. We are, as it were, slaves to the Lord Jesus Christ. We have surrendered every facet of our life to the fulfilling of His will. It is only Christ who has the power to own any individual completely and entirely.
In our present day society, there is no such thing as a person owning another person. A person may work for another individual, with or without pay, according to prior mutual agreements. In Christ the ethnic, race and gender groups are done away.
The good news of the gospel is, there are no more dividing lines! There are neither Jews nor Gentiles. There are no slaves or free persons, there is neither male nor female. We are all one in Christ! The only thing a person is a slave to is that which he chooses. “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” (John 8:34)
Many individuals have surrendered themselves to become servants of unrighteousness. If we live in bondage to any person, place or thing, we can be assured it is because we are making bad decisions or fighting our own demons. In Christ, we are His bond servants. We serve Him with a gentle and willing spirit. We make no charge for this service, but we will be recompensed beyond what we can imagine in the life to come.
In this life we are subject to rules and regulations. The authorities that reside over us were intended to be authentically elected by the people and for the people. When those powers cross boundary lines and desire to ensnare men, that power must be put in check. When the purpose of those powers are no longer desirous for the good of mankind, we have our own choices to make.
The disciple Peter was put in such circumstances. Was he to submit to the high priest of the Pharisees and Sadducees? Was he to obey laws that were contrary to his faith in and love for Christ? Hear his reply from Acts 5:29, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” This should be the resolve of every believer when we are pressed upon to go contrary to our faith for any reason.
As for the present day ruckus that is infiltrating our society, I believe Paul summed it up perfectly, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:19)
It was almost 100 ago, in the aftermath of the Great War, the war that did not end all wars, that William Butler Yeats sounded the warning in his famous poem, “The Second Coming:”
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere.
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
are full of passionate intensity.”
In light of this warning, let us serve Christ with reverence and Godly fear, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
Sue West can be contacted at email@example.com.