23 Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law.
We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed.
24 Let me put it another way.
The law was our guardian until Christ came;
it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith.
25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.
26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ,
like putting on new clothes.
28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile,
slave or free,
male and female.
For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham.
You are his heirs,
and God's promise to Abraham belongs to you.
“...you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
I think we've all forgotten that.
It seems we spend an inordinate,
& unwise amount of time majoring on what divides us,
& just as people,
& spend mercy little time on the things that bind us together.
The world is going slam to hell,
& we are all anal retentive / obsessive compulsive about so many things
that in the long run won't make a lick of difference.
Time is short, & getting shorter all the time.
We are surrounded with people who have no connection or interest in God.
If we are who we say we are,
& believe what we say we believe,
I would think it would make sense that we should be a whole lot more proactive in getting more people connected with God
rather than spending our efforts garnering political or social power,
protecting our rights,
&/or accruing so much wealth that someone else will fight over & spend after we're gone.