So true… But what is this ideal? Are we talking about a humanist ideal or a Christian one?
Coming from France (which has it own issues with equality in spite of our national motto, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”), I was shocked to see the level of inequality in the US (in law, healthcare access, employment, income, banking, housing, food, education, information, etc). And my reaction oftentimes was, “It’s not like that in France”.
So a friend of mine took me aside and said to me: “You have to realize that America is not France. In America, it is not that we don’t care about equality or fraternity. But we value liberty and opportunity much more” (I am paraphrasing here).
It was an eye opening statement. And this made me realize that I had been looking at the American society… with French “glasses”. Obviously (well, obviously now), the American “ideals” are not the same as the French “Ideals”.
So, what kind of “glasses” are we wearing? If we are Christians, it is essential that we adopt the vision of our Captain, Jesus. Because, while equality seems right on paper, it is important not to be blinded or derailed from our true purpose on earth.
In Philippians 2:6, it is spoken of the attitude of Jesus, “who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”
Why? Because He was aware of his mission. He, the King of the universe, became a servant in order to save us. He, the Innocent Lamb, died for the guilty. There is nothing more unequal than that.
As Christian, we don’t want to forget our Savior’s example. It is a hard pill to swallow oftentimes but Jesus asked us to carry our cross as He carried his.
Also, we have to realize that, while we are supposed to uphold justice, fairness, and equity, this world has a “Prince” who doesn’t care at all about these values. As long as he is in control, we cannot expect better.
As Christian, we cannot use the values and methods of the world to solve the issues of the world. We know that this world is doomed. We are to adopt Jesus’ vision and Jesus’ ways to show that another way is possible. And it is not just about lip service. Our faith has to been shown through our actions (Jesus healed and served when He was on earth).
Also, we have to remember that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world.