Unity in faith is central to Paul’s teachings, emphasizing that God’s chosen people transcend race, gender, and social class. Yet, human tendencies often create divisions, which Paul warns against. Jesus also underscores the importance of caring for the “little ones”—those marginalized or weak in faith. These individuals deserve attention, aligning with Jesus’ directive: “Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me” (Mt 18:5).
Discrimination surfaces when we categorize people into groups, exemplified by the neglect of Hellenistic widows in the early church (Acts 6:1). If neglect happens at the physical level, imagine its spiritual ramifications. Religious leaders in Jesus’ time exhibited elitism, often prioritizing ritual over compassion, a lesson evident in the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Need is fluid; even the “spiritually strong” may falter during hardships. Support should be tangible, extending beyond spiritual advice. Discrimination, especially against those with special needs, including mental health issues, obstructs our Christian duty and needs critical examination. Both tangible and intangible barriers, such as service timings or a sense of unwelcome, must be dismantled.
In the church, worldly definitions of ‘success’ should be irrelevant. Jesus redefined these norms, advocating a kingdom where the first are last and the last are first. This divine inclusivity is what the church should aim for—unconditional love, as God’s love knows no bounds.
Paul’s guidance in Romans also calls for understanding between church members, even when differences lead to discord. Like his emphasis on catering to the “weaker” or “less honorable” (1 Cor 12:22–26), this understanding should extend to practical matters like travel subsidies and language services, especially for minority members.
The essence of Christian love is not just in word, but in deed and truth. We should embrace people’s needs, even when we consider them “spiritually weak,” fulfilling the law of Christ (Gal 6:2) by bearing each other’s burdens. In doing so, we embody true Christian community.
Please join us at True Jesus Church Chicago to learn more about God and His Holy Spirit. We are holding our Fall Evangelical Services and Spiritual Convocation (ESSC) from September 14 to 17. You are cordially invited!
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