Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Lectionary 4c - Galatians 3:23-29
Clothed in Christ the divisions of race and religion, social status and gender are washed away in the waters of baptism. This is the vision that captures the imagination but like a dream fades from memory in the harsh light of day. It works in theory, but in practice? Not so much. It might be because we are more comfortable when we are subjects of a disciplinarian. Rules and regulations define our everyday, putting people in their proper place, maintaining the social order for the sake of order (or profit?) Now I’m not advocating anarchy and neither is Paul. What he is advocating is a real time reflection of the future where all things are made new and people of every tribe and nation, language and tongue dine together in perfect unity at the final feast that never ends. If in the future of God’s design definitions that divide do not exist then we who are joined to the preview, who are justified in the here and now by faith, ought to live what we trust and hope will one day be. Maybe the reason it only works in theory is because we don’t practice it enough.