The Way I See It

April 14, 2009

Famous musician, Youssou N’Dour once said, “People need to see that, far from being an obstacle, the world’s diversity of languages, religions and traditions is a great treasure, affording us precious opportunities to recognize ourselves in others.”

I must say, I absolutely love the last part of the statement, “…oppoturnites to recognize ourselves in others.” To me, that speaks more than volumes, more than logic, and more than good thought, but it speaks to a central role of the Gospel message of Jesus.

[In Galatians, chapter 3, verse 28, Paul writes, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”]

[In Colossians, chapter 3, verse 11, Paul writes, “Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”]

To me, all three passages show a unique relationship concerning you and concerning me. We see that each quotation has the common idea that we are able to see ourselves in one another, or as Paul directly puts it, there are no more divisions amongst because “Christ is all.” What an amazing thought that we are able to look beyond culture, beyond religion, beyond language, beyond common interests, beyond diversity, and see ourselves in others and see Jesus in others. What a revolutionary truth; we are able to see Jesus in everyone. To me, Jesus is not just in Christians. He is not just in religious folk. He is not just in the spiritual. Contrarily, Jesus is in Christian and religious folk and the spiritual and the non-spiritual and the atheist and Buddhist and the Muslim etc. Jesus transcends culture and language and time and religion and theology; He is in all and is all.

To me, these three statements show us that we are all connected, that we are all related, and that we are all one. Formulate your own thoughts.