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Have you noticed that people have a strong sense of social position? We sort ourselves into different groups. We view society as stratified, with some on top and others on bottom. Even the term middle class is a staple of American lingo. It describes those who are not the elite, nor the poor. Throughout history, class distinctions have reigned. Some people were recognized as royalty, others not . In some countries, more than two classes developed.
Class also played heavily in the development of social-governmental systems such as socialism and communism. Communism seeks to create a class-free society where all are equal. But every time it has been implemented, the governing elite live far better than the everyone else.
Colossians 3:9-11 reads, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” (NIV)
When Paul used the words barbarian and Scythian he highlighted another way people divide themselves socially – education and intelligence. Even today, the college educated elite can look with disdain at others.
As Christians, we cannot allow this thinking. We must view each other as equals, regardless of social background, education or economic status. Christ lives in each of us.
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