Prejudice isn’t new. In ancient times the Gentiles were separated from the Jews by nationality and religion. There was a wall in the Jerusalem temple where no Gentile could ever walk. On the cross Jesus changed all of that forever when He paid the penalty for the sins of Jew and Gentile alike. Paul reminds us that “We were once without christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, & strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, & without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who hath made both one, & hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” How beautiful and peaceful that sounds. It seems like a reasonable and sensible question to ask, where in holy writ did God ever sanction a Jewish or Gentile religion in the new covenant. These are the things that have built back the wall of partition where we are again divided by all manner of religious rules & regulations & names that are nothing more than traditions handed down by our forefathers. Paul had to straighten out the Judaizers when they tried to put their rules and regulation on the Gentile’s to keep the walls of separation torn down. God changes mankind from the inside out, otherwise we would be no more than white washed tombs full of dead mens bones. Any effort of man to change from the outside inward is religion, and this is the cause of barriers that again separate God’s people. Religion that begins on the outside is a religion of death, not matter what name they go by. Spiritual life is in Christ Jesus, and that always begins on the inside & then effects the outside. Christ in you is the only hope of glory. If we are always concerned about what someone else looks like outwardly, no doubt we have a religion that is not pure and undefiled. Our prejudice against people who is not like ourselves is all the evidence we need that we should make another visit to the cross, because it will make us love everybody.
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