One of my favorite authors these days is someone I found here on Substack. Her name is Bari Weiss. She is an amazing writer. Through her writings I found our about F.A.I.R and am a richer man because of it.
Here is another of her recent writings from Commentary I encourage you to read this to be aware of how difficult it is to communicate these days. I am glad I taught college during the era I did (1973-2004) because I would be in a whole lot of trouble if I was trying to negotiate the campus culture today.
So, when will the woke, cancel culture come after Christian Pastors who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Oh, it is happening, which is one of the other reasons I write and publish here rather than on the current social media sites.
So, how does Christ see us? The Scripture makes it clear that
For you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 (NLT).
Now, I really doubt that I will not get into trouble with parts of this truth, there will clearly be some who will object even to this inclusiveness in the Gospel. As St Paul is making clear that in spite of human divisions, whether ethnic, viewpoint, racial or social, when we are baptized we are made “one in Christ Jesus”. We are too used to the negative by saying “well, we are all sinners”, I think we should think more in the reality that we are all baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus and are all one in Him.
Some may object, but “hey, what about those who are not Christians?” I love that question because, well it is so understandable. Paul is not saying “all are Christians”, he is saying we are ALL one in Christ. On what basis? Certainly not our current vision, but rather Paul refers to the effect of the Cross of Christ: Jesus died to atone for the sins of THE WHOLE WORLD (emphasis mine), and that means that there is no sin that Christ did not include in His atoning work on the Cross.
Can you refuse the atoning work of Jesus for your sins? I don’t think this is your decision. God’s love and mercy are so beyond anything we can believe or understand on our own, because we are in the group that is included in the work of the Cross.
My prayer is that you would see yourself as loved by God. On what basis: He is GOD! He made you, He created this universe for you, He sent prophets, and leaders, and chose a group of people through which to bring His salvation called the Jews, or Israel. Through this group chosen only by grace God sent His promise for the Messiah who would not only put Israel right with God, but through them He would bring atonement or salvation to the whole world. I know this seems convoluted to the readers who are not Christian. Well, I invite you to test the Scriptures to see if I am right or not.
Jesus loves you…..yes, even you. Get over it; get into it!