Daily Devotion: True Equality

Ephesians 4:6, [There is] one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Culture today is obsessed with equality. It is the year 2019 in America, yet some women and minorities imagine they don’t have equality. Is there racism and sexism? Absolutely; these will remain in the world until Christ returns. Do some bend the law and get away with it? Yes; the American justice system is imperfect. It is flawed, certainly, yet better than most. Just visit Saudi Arabia if you think women and minorities have it so bad here. Yet with the obsessive fascination over equality, hardly anyone comes to the One who unifies us all: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In Luther’s words, “each [Christian] receives the same Baptism, the same Sacrament [the Eucharist], the same Spirit, the same Gospel—in short, the same God as the other” (Church Postil, sermon for Advent 2 on Romans 15:4-13, LW 75:81). Insofar as salvation is concerned, ethnicity, gender, and social status are irrelevant (Galatians 3:26-29). Therefore, such matters are irrelevant in our relationship with one another.

God unites us all in Christ. Though many members with unique purposes, we become one body in Christ (1 Corinthians 12). The Holy Trinity is perfect unity; therefore, God knows how to unite us all in true equality. He forms, conforms, and transforms us in His image to love all as Christ has loved all regardless of ethnicity, gender, and social status.

Thus, how can one say they have more faith than another? For we all receive the same faith. Some have praised me for my “great faith” and past girlfriends have left me for my “great faith,” both of which are absurd. I simply have faith—the same faith you received from the Spirit. It is not as though I never struggle with my faith; I struggle all the time, like Jacob wrestling with God. My faith remains because it is God who preserves it; I do nothing but whine and complain. God is patient with my groaning and strengthens the faith He has given me with His Word; He does the same for you.

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