One of mankind’s biggest problems has always been an identity crisis. We simply do not know who we are. We see ourselves as our nationality, color, sex, and social class, level of income, intelligence level, and popularity and on and on. When you look at the church, or religious community, we have even more names we use to identify ourselves such as Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, and Episcopalian and so on. There is an endless list of categories to place everyone in that does nothing but create more and more confusion and division.
One of the many cool things about the Bible is it keeps things really simple. The Bible describes those without Christ as sinners and those with him as saints. It teaches us that we are all born into Adam, and we that are born again have been transferred into Christ. We are either a child of the devil or a child of God. We are either with Jesus or against him. We are either a vessel fitted for destruction or a vessel of mercy. We are a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness. There is no need of all the other descriptions based on wealth, color, sex, or fame. In God’s eyes those things were meant to express his glory, but if misused by the enemy they become a source of pride and division. The good news is in Christ there is no distinction between race, sex or nationality in him we are all one.