Finding Equality – The Hugh Hewitt Show – News Block

Sun, July 2, 2023 | By John Schroeder

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The recently completed SCOTUS mandate did much to remove the obstacles that the court has created in recent decades to find equality since the nation was founded on. But removing obstacles to equality and finding true equality are very different things.

How do we find true equality?

As the court rulings poured in, a hymn kept reverberating in my head: “In Christ there is neither east nor west.” The hymn is based on the ending of Galatians 3:

For all of you who have been baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

The key to finding true equality is finding a common identity, not rooted in race or gender or some other distinction, but in something we all share. Here the Apostle Paul, writing to the church in Galatia, a place where many peoples collided, appeals to their common identity as Christians. I wish the whole nation, even the world, were Christians and therefore we could appeal to them in the wake of the SCOTUS decisions, but alas!

And yet, it was the Apostle Paul himself, writing to the church in Rome, who identified what the whole world has in common:

for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,

We all share, our common identity is, our need for Christ Equality is not found in our strengths, but in our weakness, not in our success, but in our failure.

The mission of the church begins with the conviction of the need for the church and its message. If we do not understand our need for Christ, we will resist Christ. We all need Christ equally.

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