We live in a time of powerful forces seeking to separate people into demographic boxes. These forces want to define us as strictly this or that “kind” of person; and these forces want us to start defining ourselves according to these strictly defined categories as well. More and more, we see categorizing, labeling and dividing people as Male vs. Female, or White vs. Black vs. Brown, or Heterosexual vs. Homosexual, or whatever else you can think of.
Of course people have differences. Even within the universal Church of Jesus Christ, there is a diversity of ethnicities, skin hues, abilities, sexual identities, worldviews, fraternal affiliations, political leanings, and so forth. In the same pew on Sunday, you have Democrat and Republican and Independent parishioners. In the same pew, you have ACLU supporters and NRA supporters — and some are supporters of neither of these organizations, while others might support both of them. In the same pew, you have Pro-Life (or Right to Life) people and you have Pro-Choice people. However, they are all UNITED in Christian faith, hope and love. They are united in their Trinitarian faith and their desire to work for a more just and peaceable human civilization in the name of their Lord and Savior Jesus.
As we approach the annual celebration of the birth of Yeshua (Jesus) our Lord and Savior 2000+ years ago in Bethlehem of Judea, we focus on his Divine Sonship as the Incarnate Word of God, begotten of God, not made, of One Being with the Father and the Holy Spirit. However, while Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, all of us are sons and daughters of God as well. While Christ our Lord is the uncreated and begotten Son of God, we are UNITED as the created children of God by God’s grace.
About all of this, the Bible says the following:
GENESIS 1: 27 — So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
JOHN 1: 12-13 — To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
GALATIANS 3: 26-28 — So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
Regardless of any demographic categories that anyone tries to label us with and divide us by, we are one in Christ Jesus. May this supreme identity and belonging always be the truth that defines us and guides us, first and foremost.
Good Advent & Merry Christmas!