There are people and organizations in this land that want to keep people divided whether by race or gender and so on. They understand that if the division continues, there will always be a need for their service and we see this regardless of race. Until We the People wake up, it will always be this way which is what Christ meant when He warned that “….Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25).
This is not just for nonbelievers but is a principle that applies to Christians. There are people who truly believe that scripture says people of different races should not marry which is incorrect while other believers want nothing to do with people who seem different than they are. Typically, the story goes that they have a picture of what an ideal Christian looks like and it usually resembles who they are but there is no such things as a perfect Christian and the image of the ideal Christian is Christ, Himself: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).
In my family, there are several people who have tattoos on their arms and other places and sadly, when certain “righteous” people see or learn of the markings, they are quick to turn their eyes to this. Many reading this probably understand this and may have experienced it and the action is a bit petty and is not scripturally accurate. Nowhere in scripture is a tattoo discussed and while people do claim that we should no markup our bodies, this is one of those gray areas and the decision is left to the individual and not for any of us to judge.
No, I do not have any tattoos and never do I plan to get any as they are not something that I enjoy but by me not having any does not make me holier than anyone else. This is a severe problem for many who claim to be Christian but also goes for those who are nonbelievers. Many nonbelievers look at Christians at instantly assume that they are hypocrites because they believe in Christ which is unfair to any believer.
Yes, there are Christians who have made a bad name for other Christians but we can clearly see that people are the same regardless of their faith—and any other factor for that matter— and scripture tells us this: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:28-29).
God also gives us a stark warning about disliking one another and unfairly labeling: “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now” (1 John 2:9). There are many who buy into the argument that morality comes from God, including myself, while others are unsure of what to believe. In the very beginning of time, space, and matter, God created man innocently and perfect but once the fall of man occurred, not only did our innocence go but so did the connection with God. However, God did not cut us off completely and gave us a lifeline to Him, still, through prayer and belief and eternal life through the sacrifice of Christ.
Romans 2:15 tells us that God wrote the laws on the heart of man: “Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, |their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts ||the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;” Scripture tells us that all people know there is a God, even the kings of the Earth, and there is none other than God: ” That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else” (1 Kings 8:60). This further shows us how significant being made in God’s image is.
In other words, regardless of what race of people we belong to or how old we are or what gender we may be, we are all people that bleed the same blood and make the same mistakes. We have the same likes and dislikes and have the same opportunities at good and bad. The problem is, there are too many people who benefit from keeping all people divided and they desire keeping it this way and ever since the fall of man, we have been our biggest obstacle that keeps us separated from one another but more importantly, from God.
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand”–Matthew 12:15