Difficulties have existed between people at least as far back as the first family. In the case of the first children of Adam and Eve, the problem was the bitter jealousy of Cain toward his younger brother Abel because God accepted the sacrifice of Abel but rejected that of Cain. That resentment led to hatred and the history’s first murder.
The walls that divide people racially, economically, educationally, or in a hundred other ways, have always existed, and always will. Jesus said we will always have "the poor" in society (Matthew 26:11). He assured his followers that, before the “end” comes, there will be “wars and rumors of wars” (Matthew 24:6). There will always be those who are uneducated. Skin color will continue to divide the major racial groups. As with Cain and Abel, the walls are often the result of sin. Because of man's sin against God’s desire for peace, there will continue to be those who use differences to elevate themselves and put others down. Prejudice, in one form or another, will always exist.
Examples of human conflict abound, not only in Biblical history, but throughout the human record. These run the gamut from conflict with next door neighbors and family members to dispute between tribes and nations. The threat and possibility of World War III is a common topic of discussion.
What should be the Christian's view toward those "different" from him? How can we help change the situation for the better? Several scripture passages may help those seeking God's will:
- For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile — the same Lord is Lord of all, and richly blesses all who call on him. (Romans 10:12).
- You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-28)
- His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (Ephesians 2:15b-16)
- My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, do not show favoritism. (James 2:1)
These verses deal with the issues of racial and economic barriers — walls broken down in Christ. The principles involved apply to ungodly distinctions in any sense, regardless of their nature. They point to the only lasting basis upon which prejudice may be overcome. that is, bringing men to faith and unity in Jesus. This answer is unacceptable to many because it seems, to them, to smell of religious prejudice and superiority. The value of the remedy will be seen only to those willing to accept Jesus as Lord.
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts :12).