. . . you who were once estranged and hostile in mind . . . he has now reconciled. . . . (1:21-22)
Prejudice along racial and national lines is almost as strong here in Mexico as it is in the United States. It’s amazing how many Christians are guilty of racism and prejudice when nearly every page of the New Testament has to do with overcoming the barriers between races. Texts about Samaritans, gentiles, Jews, circumcision, food laws, weaker and stronger brothers—all of these are about doing away with the barriers erected by our sinful pride in race or nationality or social class. It all is demolished at the cross of Jesus, by which the Mosaic laws that separated Jews from the other nations were abolished.
Paul imagines the church as a new human race, one in which there is no Jew or Greek, no Mexican or American, no black or white, no mestizo or indígena, no northerner or southerner, no Asian or African. That is, we remain who we are in all our personal and cultural uniqueness, but our differences are not obstacles between us. Are you ready to imagine such a world with him? And more to the point, will you begin to make the dream a reality?
Lord, help me to reach out in love today to someone who is different from me.