The Apostle writes, “Because what Isaiah said was true: ‘The one who trusts in Him will not be disgraced.’ Remember that the Lord draws no distinction between Jew and non-Jew – He is Lord over all things, and He pours out His treasures on all who invoke His name because as Scripture says, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved'” (Romans 10:11-13, The Voice).
The Voice commentators write, “Faith is not something we do. It is a response to what God has done already on our behalf, the response of a spirit restless in a fragmented world” (1505).
We live in a fragmented world. And it was never meant to be this way. So why do work so hard to ensure that it stays this way? Even we as the church have our own ways of drawing lines in the sand. The problem with lines in the sand is that they have not been there very long and they won’t be there very long after.
We fall into the trap of highlighting our differences rather than focusing on making a difference.
So much of how we live is about us vs. them. Our past. Our future. Our occupation. Our ideology. Our theology. Our nationality. Our technology. Our gender. Our age. Our experience. Our ingenuity.
But our faith is in nothing less (or nothing more) than our own distinctions. Our faith is in us.
Maybe we should pay less attention to how we are supposedly better than someone else and place more trust in the fact that God is already making things better…
Maybe the only distinction that should really matter is the one between those who have heard the gospel and those who still need to hear it?