I enjoy reading American history. One of my favorite authors, Stephen Ambrose, wrote extensively about World War II, and his work is thought provoking. One difficult aspect of WW2 history is how a part of our fighting forces were treated. When WWII started, many Americans volunteered to fight for their country. But laws of discrimination (called Jim Crow laws) prevented some of our black citizens from doing their part. Segregation was still practiced and black soldiers were treated poorly – some were put in more dangerous jobs than white soldiers, many were denied entry into army specialist schools, and those that excelled were not allowed to command white officers. Sadly, they were even served lower quality food and forced to ride separate military transportation in some towns.
All that started to change on December 26, 1944, during the worst fighting of the Battle of the Bulge. The U.S. Army issued an order that African American volunteers be integrated into white combat units, and that was the beginning of the end of the “Jim Crow” army in America.
It is unfortunate how human nature has contributed to the ills of men and women since the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and walked away from relationship with Him, they incurred the consequences of a loss of God-given dignity for every person, an inequality between the sexes, and a growing mistrust and mistreatment of others. The loss of harmony between God and Adam and Eve has affected humanity for centuries on many levels.
More than 2,000 years ago, the human race faced the darkest day in its history. Thankfully, the Lord Jesus Christ allowed himself to be crucified for the sins of every human being. In the moments before His eventual death, He issued a victorious cry, “It is finished!” The work that He finished was His perfect life and atoning death on the cross for sinners like you and me.
Jesus’ blood bought and brought redemption and forgiveness to all who would believe in Him, in essence, creating a multi-generational and multi-international army of Christ-followers. The death and resurrection of Jesus demands that blood-bought sinners of all backgrounds and cultures serve together as an interconnected and integrated Body of Jesus – recognizing His Lordship and determining to worship and serve Him – in His battle against Satan.
Read Revelation 7:9-17. The author of Revelation, John, saw a group of people whose lives had been purchased by the blood of Jesus. These people were from every tribe, language, people, and nation, and they sang one song in unity, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne…” (v 10). What Jesus did was expected to impact how each of us lived our lives.
Today is a day to remember that followers of Jesus from different cultures must live out the reality of being purchased by His blood, for His purposes, and for His glory. We must live, work, worship, serve, pray, and honor Jesus side-by-side and arm-in-arm. There is no time or reason to allow the devil to weaken the Church of Jesus through divisive tactics of discrimination, envy, or prejudice. It is time to continue building and strengthening the Unity of the Spirit among brothers and sisters from different cultures. What can you do this week to create an atmosphere of impenetrable unity and genuine love among Christians on campus?
Live communally. Jesus calls us to connect our hearts and lives in united service to make His name the most famous one on campus, in the marketplace, and throughout the world.
Love is a verb,