Sunday, November 08, 2009
When Men Become Expendable - Part Three
"[The God who made the world and all things in it] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation." Acts 17:26
"Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers?" Malachi 2:10
Oh boy, you talk about a touchy topic. Let's get right to it. We likely all have relatives, friends and acquaintances that seem to be hung up on this issue, I know that I do. In an unintentional pun, it really is a black and white issue. You either see all men created in the image of God or you think you are somehow elevated above another – period. I could stop here and my point would be adequately made. Again, the issue is the same - each person creates classes and sects with levels of value and importance. I'll turn the spotlight on myself. I recently had the opportunity to spend a small amount of time with some guys that were of different nationality than me. They barely spoke any English and would be what I would deem as poor. They were beyond kind. They were servant-minded. They were likely as helpful as any persons that I've ever met. But, I felt like I saw them as different than me. I talked to the LORD and my wife about it. I didn't like how I viewed them. Why would I see them as any lesser than me? Because they live and work in dirty, run down conditions? Does that somehow define one's value and importance?
What I'm discovering more and more as I grow in the LORD is the simple fact that we are absolutely all the same. Whether you're an Asian field laborer, an Iraqi brick maker, an American CEO, it is all completely irrelevant in the eyes of my Father. It is we who place labels and status on others, not Him! In reference to bigoted comments, racist attitudes or slurs, I often hear, "oh well that's how he was raised" or "well they come from a different generation". While these may be completely accurate statements, they are sad excuses, especially if one claims to be a Believer. Perhaps we could analyze the depth of this issue by how many people would hang out with a dark-skinned Man that sat around talking with hookers and demoniacs after He denounced the religious order of His day. As an adult, I'm responsible for who I am, not my parents, grandparents or what part of the country I grew up in.
No matter the color of skin, geographic location or social upbringing, all are created in the beautiful image of the LORD. All are equal in His sight and should be in ours as well. All have value and purpose. None are expendable.
NEXT: Part Four - War