Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Christian Equality

Galations 3:26-29 For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.”

Paul wrote to the Christian Churches in Galatia that there is in the Body of Christ, which is the church, equality between members. We are all one as no soul is more precious than another to God. Sadly some people have not always followed this teaching of equality in the church. In the Christian Church we do seek this equality in ministry in the name of Jesus. All of us are one in Jesus the Christ regardless of the color of our skin or our gender. We are all equally sinners in need of forgiveness and grace.

We seek equal commitment from every member and friend of the congregation. We seek an equal partnership in ministry. We seek equal sacrifice of our time, our talent, and our treasurer.

            Some might say, “I can’t give as much as to the church as another does.”  That is not the equality that we seek when we ask you to decide how much you will give to God through the Christian Church. God has already answered that question about equality in giving through the tithe. It is not a set dollar amount but a set percent of income. The tithe is 10% no matter how much you earn and is therefore equal.

            Like many children I was taught by my mother about stewardship. When my allowance was a dollar she would tell me that ten cents belonged to God, ten cents belonged to my savings bank and eighty cents belonged in my pocket. I could do anything I wanted with the eighty cents. That is still a great budget strategy today no matter how large or small our income. 10% for God, 10% for savings and 80% is mine to do with as I need.

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