and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Life in Christ Matters!
Racism is defined as follows:
"Black lives matter", "Asian lives matter", "All lives matter", ... and statements like this are intended to remind people of the importance of human life, and that each of us must have respect for it. Stated another way, we should all love one another as we do ourselves. How then do such messages intended to lift us up, edify, enlighten, and move each of us toward accepting a greater sense of community ever become so divisive and instigate riotous behavior harming others?
Carnal understanding is an individual attribute as varied as people and cultures are. Mankind is limited to a carnal understanding of what is just, equitable, right or wrong, so a lack of shared understanding and disunity with others is unavoidable. For all people to be in one mind and one accord in appreciation of a problem or in agreement with a single solution, is seemingly impossible. Likewise, for individuals to say they completely understand and appreciate the experiences of an oppressed people is virtually impossible if they are not of the oppressed.
A life in Christ matters because the Spirit provides all of the knowledge and requisite understanding we need to love our neighbor and do the right thing with all people everywhere. Being the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus said: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:15-17 and 26 (emphasis added).
If mankind depends on the Word of God and the leading of the Spirit inextricably embedded in it for guidance on what is just, equitable, right or wrong, we come to know the consistency, dependability, and neutrality of God and prove God IS love in us.
For example, while one person may be tasked personally to do one thing in satisfaction of God's will, and another is tasked personally to do a different thing in satisfaction of God's will on the same matter, we can be sure that each of us is doing our part as a single functioning body engaged in a common pursuit of the same goal, i.e., pleasing God according to His will.
God is the trinity of the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. The Word is the very spirit of the man called Jesus the Christ, and His flesh is the fulfillment of Bible prophesies. When we become alive in Christ, i.e., alive by the Word as living water in us, we find a strong hunger for truth and an ever-increasing love of the truth as food to live by. This sense of satisfaction in the truth is hard to explain, but it welcomes the Holy Ghost-spirit of truth to "quicken" our mortal bodies to do the work(s) Jesus did, i.e., the right thing where and when it is needed without fail. His works most assuredly included loving the diversity of mankind and respecting all people individually as equals. If we are alive in Christ, we expect a harmony where racism and bigotry are impossibilities, and heaven is contemplated now, in this lifetime.
Every person, in every nation is accepted by God if they regard Him as God and submit to Him in obedience. We prove our Life in Christ matters when we live by the Word in our spirit and according to the Word in our flesh, as Jesus did, by the quickening of the Holy Ghost (i.e., the Spirit of Truth) thereby enabling us to do the works He did. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. John 14:12. This is where a life in Christ matters most to us personally.
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