From One Blood

“And he has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:26,27).
It is Cricket World Cup time in this part of the world. India and Pakistan are disappointed at their teams’ early dismissal. Bangladesh and Ireland are ecstatic that their young teams, with only a few years experience in big-time cricket competition, have advanced to the second round, already exceeding most expectations.
In the U.S., college basketball is to the “Final Four,” the new baseball season is only a day or so from start-up, and hockey and professional basketball are nearing their playoffs. Elsewhere in the world, soccer (“real football” to Europeans, Asians, and Africans) and other sports demand headlines and their fans’ attention.
I realize that I may offend many true lovers of various sports when I say this, but as I travel and watch the different games, I am continually impressed with the fact that their similarities seem much greater than their differences. You can hit a ball with a stick, kick it with your foot, or throw it at a basket. The ball may be small or large, soft or hard, but physics operates much the same in each case. Whatever the fine points of each sport may be, the basic rules, challenges, and requirements are remarkably alike. It is no coincidence that an athlete who excels in one sport is usually more than competent in others.
Psychiatrists tell us that all people share the same basic instincts and needs. Sport helps to answer the needs for recreation, entertainment, exercise, and physical exertion. But there are other basic needs, some even more important than these. The need to be accepted, the need for fulfillment, the need for companionship and procreation, the physical needs of food and shelter ?- all these are common to mankind. Our houses may be of different styles and materials and our food may be seasoned in a variety of ways, but one society’s structures are recognizable to people of other cultures. There is really just not that much difference between us.
The Bible affirms this truth. We are made by the same God, of “one blood.” God loves us all; Christ died for all. “There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11). I genuinely do not understand prejudice and racial hatreds. The little differences that exist between us are nothing compared to all that we share. How can we view other children of God without the appreciation that they too are made in his image? How can we say we love God, if we hate those whom he has made (see 1 John 4:20).
Of all the needs that we share, none is greater than the need of God’s grace and forgiveness. And this is a blessing that all are promised. “We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1 John 2:1,2).

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