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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

Mouths of Fire

According to the site Crazy Hot Seeds, the top 3 hottest peppers in the world for 2016 are the Carolina Reaper, the hottest, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion ranking second and the third is 7 Pot Douglah.  In recent years, restaurants are offering daring individuals a free meal or shirt for eating spicy dishes or peppers.  Some even offer a wall of fame with victorious eaters having their pictures and or names engraved on plaques hanging on restaurant walls.  Unfortunately, the losers are left with mouths on fire or a worst case scenario for a cook from London, losing his hearing after eating the world’s spiciest noodles.

With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape, Proverbs 11:9.

King Solomon refers to a different kind of mouths on fire in the Bible.  Whether Solomon engaged in people watching or received this revelation from God, individuals who like to talk a lot can ruin the lives of their neighbors.  Like a snake, tongues can spit venom upon those whom they dislike, lashing out with words instead of fangs.  While the childhood saying, “sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me” seems nice, but its untrue.  Deep inside human souls, scars and wounds remain long after words have been spoken.

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell, James 3:6.

Jesus’ younger brother also recognized that words are like a mouth set on fire.  When accompanied by anger, words can be like daggers, stabbing friends in the back in the form of gossip.   Before you reach this point, its vital to find the knowledge to escape the temptation to hurt those you love with a poor choice of vocabulary.  Although you can’t escape mouths of fire, you can control what comes out of your own mouth.  May the words of the Bible give you direction, insight and wisdom to tame mouths of fire.

by Jay Mankus

 

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