Most people who meet me think I’m a bit weird. I’m quirky and random. And that’s okay with me. That’s who I am. What’s really funny is that when folks meet my mom, usually their instant reaction is: “You make so much more sense now!”
I’m a lot like my mom. So much so that nobody can listen to us and assume we’re not related. We’re family. And while I’ve done things that probably deserved to get me disowned, my family has always been there for me.
Not everyone can say that. Some folks I know have families who want nothing to do with them. Others I know have told their families to take a hike. And while separations are good in some cases, I don’t think family should ever give up on each other. And that goes for family beyond blood too.
Today’s verses are Galatians 3:26-28.
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
If you believe in Jesus, you’re part of God’s family. That’s the way this works. It doesn’t matter if you’re a little weird (or a lot weird). All the outside things don’t matter. The most important part is the heart, and as long as Jesus is squaring that away, the rest will fall into place with time. But a lot of Christians aren’t willing to wait that long.
One Christ-follower should never push another Christ-follower away. Some may argue about the definition of a Christ-follower, but that’s not the point. If someone you know is a Christian screws up (and they will), how are you supposed to react to that person? Do you shun them? Do you turn them away? Do you call them out and embarrass them in front of others?
Should family do that to each other? No.
Make no mistake, Christians. We are family, bought by the blood of Christ, and it’s not up to us who God saves and how He works in other people’s lives. We’re supposed to be united, standing together instead of falling apart.
Granted, that doesn’t mean we can use family as an excuse to disobey God, but we also can’t use the Bible as an excuse to purposefully hurt another believer.
So that person you’re sitting next to at church? The one who looks different than you do? Chances are, he’s as much a Christ-follower as you are, and there’s something you can both learn from each other. But how are you going to know that if you never talk to him?
Everyone fits in the family of God because nobody is perfect. The sooner the rest of us realize that, the better it is for our churches, our homes, and our world.