I want to share a belief of mine that is very close to my heart. I believe, many times, this core belief of equality in Christianity is taken out of the picture. This is the belief that all people are created equal. Anyone who disagrees with this must not truly know who Jesus is. Because Jesus stood up for equality in the Bible and He showed His passion and commitment to all people by befriending and developing disciples through the so called “sinners.” These “sinners” were equal in sin with everyone else at that time, but they were looked down upon by others and seen as ungodly. God still uses many people today, who have had rough pasts, or people that even started out hating God. With this post I figured it would be best to quote God’s actual words straight from the Bible. Below I have mentioned many different verses that clearly state that God stands for equality.
We’ll start in the beginning…
“So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female.” Genesis 1:27
How is it that we are so quick to classify someone as negatively different from us if we are all created in the same image? All genders and all races… we are created in God’s image. Every time you walk by a person you’re walking by a prized creation of God’s.
“For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and awe inspiring God, shows no partiality and takes no bribes.” Deuteronomy 10:17
The most powerful being, the God of gods and Lord of lords… the creator of all, has absolutely no partiality. He loves all of His creation. And we are specifically called to do the same.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
Just behind loving God is loving others as you love yourself. This should mean so much to all of us. God is putting loving others ahead of all the other commandments. Which is also why he says that love covers a multitude of sins.
“All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory, but all are treated as righteous freely by his grace because of a ransom that was paid by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24
We need to love and only love because ALL people are sinners, not a single person on this earth has not sinned. Sin is literally in our nature. Sin makes it so God cannot be near us, He can not reach us. Even though this is true, He loved us so much and wanted us to be able to reach Heaven that He sent Jesus down to earth to die for all of our sins. Every single person was and still is worth it to Jesus, because it is nothing that we did to allow God to save us. It is simply who He is. Jesus died for the sins of the world.
“I assure you, servants aren’t greater than their master, nor are those who are sent greater than the one who sent them.” John 13:16
We also must understand that worldly positions have no meaning. Wealth and prestige do not follow you into Heaven. We will not be able to take any worldly possessions with us. So no one should be judged or looked down upon because of their socioeconomic position. The CEO of the world’s largest company is the same as the homeless man in the alleyway. God shows no favoritism, so we shouldn’t either. I want to encourage the people who do have power and influence to use it for God’s kingdom. No one is below another.
“When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them. Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens. You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 19:33-34
We must truly adopt the belief that all people are God’s people, all people are created in the image of God, all people have sinned and ALL people can be saved. With this idea we will be able to rid of the idea that diversity is bad. We must treat people with respect, dignity and love no matter what their ethnicity, culture or beliefs are. God created and loves us all. We should stop creating groups and classifications that have no meaning.
“and put on the new nature, which is renewed in knowledge by conforming to the image of the one who created it. In this image there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all things and in all people.” Colossians 3:10-11
Overall, God created all people and loves all people. We too are called to love all people no matter what their gender, whether they’re gay or straight, what their religion, culture, race, or socioeconomic status is… People are people. Refusing to love others and not sharing God with someone based on any societal label or opinion is saying “No” to God for them.
The bottom line is Jesus came to save all people.
So now you might be saying okay yeah the Bible does obviously stand for equality but what does it really matter?
1. With judgement there is no room for love and God calls us to (as one of the two most important commandments) love all people.
2. The God of the universe does not show favoritism or hatred of a group, why should we?
3. Hebrews 12:14 says, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” By judging others we are deliberately driving people away from God. As christians we should make it a point to try to live in a way so that when people see you they see Jesus.