In light of the recent mass shootings, political divisions, and other man-made issues that divide us, I felt lost in the chaos. God’s created beings are at war with each other. We have forgotten that we are all human first. Everyone is our brother or sister. We need to learn to love them the way Christ loves us.
We Are All Human
Our country feels divided. So many people take sides in today’s problems. Then they get angry when someone disagrees with them. People hate each other over their differences. We seem to forget that we are all human, created by God in His image. We are more similar than some people want to admit. Let’s look at humans through God’s eye.
Created in The Image of God
When God created the earth in Genesis, He looked over everything and called it good. God’s creations are perfect, and that includes you and me. God created Adam and Eve. And, all human being trace their ancestry back to these first people. In other words, we come from the same lineage. We are one family, the family of God.
Humans Created Divisions
The same blood types span across all nationalities and ethnicities. God made all of us the same. We share blood types, along with the number of muscles, tendons, and bones in our bodies. When God looks down on His creation, He does not see us the way we see each other. Human hearts created divisions based on factors like size, skin color, or mental abilities. Discrimination is not a Godly trait.
God Loves All People the Same
God loves people based on the condition of their hearts, not the color of their skin, political affiliation, or ethnic background. As Romans 8:39 reminds us, nothing will separate any us from the love of God. Our man-made divisions go against God’s command to love one another as found in John 13:34. In a world full of malice, we must stand up for others and be the difference that changes the world. We need to learn to love the heart of the person.
We are all human. We are all created in the image of God. Even thought we may look different on the outside, we are all God’s children. Let us remember the beautiful prayer by St. Francis as we seek to spread more love and less hatred:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Be the Difference
- Pray for those who are different from you
- Guard our words to ensure we don’t add to the divisions
- Seek justice and love mercy
- Learn about other cultures and races
- Help the less fortunate
- Forgive often
- Shine the light of Christ in the darkness
- Remember, we are all human
Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
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Used with permission from Yvonne M. Morgan.