November 2, 2008
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' Romans 10: 12-13
Many Americans think our country stands for "equality." Politicians preach it; most of us believe it.
Equality has always sounded strange to me. Probably because I think equality is a pretty elusive beastie.
People aren't equal in strength or size. I watched the Olympics this past summer. I couldn't find a single thing I could do as well as the worst person in the competition.
We aren't equal in the things we can do or the speed at which we can do them. We aren't equal in money earned or in the value society places on our jobs. If you're not sure about that last statement, I encourage you to take a look at salaries for a starting teacher and a beginning NFL player.
They're not equal.
Although I admit equality is a wonderful concept, I'm not sure equality is ever going to be a reality... at least not when we stand in comparison with each other. This world has too much prejudice, too many misplaced values, and too much one-upmanship to make equality a reality.
On the other hand, just because I believe people aren't equal in everything, that doesn't mean I think they're equal in nothing.
True equality does exist before the Lord. Every man, woman, and child are equal in the fact that they are sinners and we are also equal in that we should be punished for our transgressions.
Just as true is this: Jesus came to save the world. Each of us. Every one of us.
When the Savior hung upon the cross, the sins of every man, woman, and child who had ever lived, who ever would live, were there with Him. When He died, His life was laid down as a ransom to save us all. No exceptions.
Before God we are equal. With faith in Jesus the day will come when we will stand before the judgment seat of God and He will declare us "Innocent." Why? Because we are all equally saved by grace through faith.
Every one of us. And that kind of equality, my friend, is something worth sharing, especially with all those you know who feel unequal to everybody.
THE PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for loving me enough to sacrifice Your Son for my sins. Help me to tell others about Your unconditional love which reaches out to everyone. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries