“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 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.” Galatians 3:26-28.
We live today in a world separated by nationalism, ablaze with racism, riven with tribal hatred and suspicions. I have witnessed it in the countries of Africa; and many of us have seen it or read about it in the cities of America, in Vietnam, and in the Middle East. Ethnic and national differences all too frequently breed suspicion and hatred, resulting in bloodshed and devastation.
If Jesus were here in person today, He would say, as He did to Peter two thousand years ago, “Put up again your sword.” Matthew 26:52. The Christian shuns violence.
Seventh day Adventists are not nationalists. We are not an American church, nor a European, nor an Asian, nor an African church. We are part of a great worldwide family and fellowship. In this family with a mission “to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6) we are “neither Jew nor Greek,”; we are rather “all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
There is no room for narrow nationalism or racism in God’s family. When Christ died on the cross two millenniums ago, He abolished forever any separating barriers. As Paul says, the Savior “has broken down the dividing wall of hostility.” (Ephesians 2:14, RSV) He has “abolished in His flesh the enmity” that might ideologically or naturally exist between governments of races.
In Christ the old hatreds are banished; a mutual love for Him binds hearts together in Christian affection and fellowship. We are indeed “one in Christ Jesus.”