All One

For thousands of years, religiously observant Jewish men have recited the following as part of their morning prayers:

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who did not make me a gentile.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who did not make me a slave.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who did not make me a woman.

Up until the time of his conversion, the Apostle Paul, as an observant Pharisee, would have said those prayers every morning, thanking God every day that he was a free, male Jew, rather than some lesser creature.

So it must have been scandalous, and liberating, to the young Christian community when Paul wrote these words to the church in Galatia:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Sometimes it’s easy for us to forget just how revolutionary our faith is. 

Love Wins