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Where All Distinctions Vanish

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream Speech on August 28th, 1963. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King shared his prayer and vision for the future of America. Instead of continuing down the path of segregation, Martin dreamed of a day where Americans would no longer judge individuals by the color of their skin. Dr. King’s hope was that all distinctions would vanish as judgment would be based upon the content of your character.

And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it, Colossians 3:10.

Nineteen hundred years earlier, a first century apostle received a similar revelation from God. Paul didn’t care if you were an alien from another country, an uncivilized Barbarian or an uncircumcised Gentile as anyone who enters into a personal relationship with Jesus is united by faith. When you become a new creation in Christ by putting to death any former addictions, bad habits and unwholesome cravings, all distinctions vanish.

[In this new creation all distinctions vanish.] There is no room for and there can be neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, [nor difference between nations whether alien] barbarians or Scythians [who are the most savage of all], nor slave or free man; but Christ is all and in all [everything and everywhere, to all men, without distinction of person], Colossians 3:11.

Prior to the formation of Black Lives Matter, Paul was a spiritual leader who sought to bring together all colors into one united body. According to a first century doctor, this new church was revolutionary, Acts 2:42-47. While modern non-profits continue to find a solution to address poverty, the initial Church in Jerusalem eliminated the needy with a family oriented approach. Although race relations have declined in recent years, Jesus and the Bible provide the answers so that all divisive distinctions will vanish when faith transforms your life.

by Jay Mankus

Walk by this Rule

“Walk This Way” was written by Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitar Joe Perry. Perry came up with this tune while “fooling around” on his guitar back in 1974. Tyler points out that the lyrics are sexually charged, based upon an experienced girl who is in control of a relationship. From a spiritual point of view, taking a walk on the wild side is not setting a good example; nor is this a rule to follow.

For neither is circumcision [now] of any importance, nor uncircumcision, but [only] a new creation [the result of a new birth and a new nature in Christ Jesus, the Messiah], Galatians 6:15.

At the conclusion of a first century letter, the apostle Paul urges Galatians to walk by a specific rule. A rule is a set of explicit, understood regulations and or principles governing conduct within a particular activity or sphere. Paul is referring to the passage above. Instead of following a set of rigid Jewish customs, Paul’s rule to emulate is becoming a new creation in Christ Jesus. Paul’s call is to walk by this spiritual way.

Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule [who discipline themselves and regulate their lives by this principle], even upon the [true] Israel of God! – Galatians 6:16

However, abiding by this rule requires two keys elements: discipline and self-regulation. The context of discipline points back to Galatians 5:16-25, pushing back against earthly desires by keeping in step with the Holy Spirit. The regulate aspect refers to controlling and maintaining a Christ like mindset. Similar to Paul words in Colossians 3:1-9, to become spiritually alive you have to put to death your old self. Walk by this rule.

by Jay Mankus

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