o much of the tension today is based on differences in historical offenses, cultural differences, economic inequality, education and housing struggles, and political and judicial injustice. These are real and serious, but there is much more that we have in common. Here are 10 things we all have in common:
We are all created by the same God.
Thus, we are all members of the same race, the human race. “God has made of one blood all nations of men for them to dwell on all the face of the earth.” Acts 17:26
We are all loved by the One who created us.
“For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
We have all sinned and fallen short of the glorious ideal God designed. Romans 3:23
Regardless of our physical characteristics, like
color, size, age, location, economic status, political persuasion, talents, intelligence, etc., we all have the potential to belong to the redeemed family of God.
“All who received Him and believed on His name, He gave the authority to be called the children of God.” John 1:12
God has established human government to enforce the law (God given law as declared in the moral commandments). The authority to enforce the law is God ordained and should be obeyed, respected, and feared by lawbreakers. Romans 13:1-7
Government authorities and law enforcement officials are commanded to be just, equitable, and honest. Micah 6:8
If I want to be left alone by law enforcement officers, I must obey the law. Romans 13:3-4.
If I am wrongfully stopped by an officer of the law, I must be respectful and cooperative, even if I am angry. 1 Peter 2:13-14
I should fervently and consistently pray for my leaders, elected officials, policemen, and all who are in authority. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
I must love my neighbor.
We are all neighbors. The parable of the “Good Samaritan” emphasizes this truth. Luke 10:25-37