Nothing new

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a violator of the law. Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom. For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2.11-13

The sin of prejudice is nothing new. Perhaps the basis of it changes, but the end result is sin, James 2.9. God does not show favoritism. He welcomes all who will respect and obey him, Acts 10.34-35.

Jesus taught about our attitudes in the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5-7. He taught that both adultery and murder are sins that we are not to commit. If we commit one, but not the other, we are still guilty of breaking the law.

In comparison to the law of Moses, the law of Christ gives freedom and sets us free from the rituals that were a part of the Mosaical law. We have one sacrifice which is Christ Jesus. We have one observance that was given by Christ to be done in his memory, the Lord’s Supper. In Christ, we are all the same and we are all one. We are priests and a holy nation, 1 Peter 2.9, independent of race or economic status.

God showed his mercy to us by sending Jesus to die in our place, something that we did not deserve. Instead of judging others we need to show mercy.

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