Dear <<First Name>>,
Paul often compares the Christian community to family, saying we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, children of God. He uses that analogy in Galatians as well. This week's passage erases all distinctions, "there is neither Jew or Greek, male or female, slave or free," in favor of seeing us all as one big family of God.
In spite of the fact that he is writing to a community in turmoil, Paul speaks of family as a way to bind us to one another. In my experience, some of the most enduring and difficult fights are among family members. I think Paul knew that to be true as well. He calls on us to be family because he wants us to find ways to disagree without being divided, to faithfully stand by one another and not let anything divide us.
That's hard enough with the people we are related to by blood. Now, as Christians, we are supposed to extend that kind of faithful engagement to all children of God, to refuse to be divided by, well, all that divides us.
Here is where grace comes in. It is only through God's grace, by God's grace, transformed by God's grace that we are able to live with that kind of love and faithfulness to one another.
Join us on Sunday to talk more about being one Christian family, always working to overcome what divides us.
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