In Hebrews the writer admonishes Christians to live righteous lives. Throughout the 12th chapter, he talks about the discipline of the Lord and how without that discipline we will not see the Lord. This discipline guides to see the way that God sees us and those around us.

In verse 14-15, he states:” Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” We are admonished to live peacefully with everyone. Unfortunately that is not happening in the world today.

I understand that many people do not follow the precepts of the Lord, they have chosen to live lives without the salvation, grace and love of the Lord Jesus Christ. So I want to speak to you, the avowed Christian and ask you, are you living in peace with others? Do you see the individuals around you as equal?

Our U.S. Declaration of Independence says that “all men are created equal.” Do you believe this? As an American are you accepting neighbors as your equal no matter where they might have come from or what color their skin is?

If you believe that the Lord God created you and me and everyone else on this earth then you should acknowledge that we are all the same under the skin. We are created body, mind and soul to be a reflection of the Triune God. When did color and culture become so divisive?

Paul shares God’s view on our differences in 1 Corinthians 12:13, where he states, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body — whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” We are all just human beings living together on this big orb we call earth, going about our daily lives, working, raising families, enjoying time with friends and worshipping the Lord.

I do not believe that the majority of Americans are racist. And I know because God tells me so that he sees all of us as equal and precious. It only takes a few, who are taught that some people are different and therefore not as valuable, to create the racist world we are living in today.

Let the body of Christ raise up and say, we are all created equal by God the Father, and you are my brother and sister and I value you! Don’t let our country be torn apart because a few among our 330+ million people are misguided and deluded to think some people are less then they are have made the headlines through their cruelty.

Let us pray for our country, peace, grace and love. Let us speak boldly when we see someone being abused. Let us protect our co-workers, friends and family from those who would treat them as lower or lesser human beings. Our diversity makes us strong, do not be afraid to embrace it. God does!

Lisa Scarborough i sececutive director of Love In Action Ketchikan.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.