These thoughts have been rattling around in my head for several days now, but I just couldn’t quite figure out how to frame them in the way that I wanted. I’m not really sure if I can right now, but they are on my heart to write and in light of what is happening in my beloved country right now, it is necessary. You see, when I was baptized into Christ at the age of 14, a surgery took place. A cutting away of the filth of my flesh. So, when I came out of that water, I was God’s new creation, with a clean slate. A new start, if you will. From that point on I was commanded to walk in the newness of life because the blood of Christ had removed all of my sins and made me free. Free from sin and able to have a relationship with God!!! That moment reconciled me to God.Friends, do you not know that sin separates us from God? Sin separates us from God first and from each other second. Sin is lawlessness, sin is violence and destruction. But this is not new, whenever man has pushed God out, it is never replaced with anything good or decent. There are just too many passages of scripture that show us this. And let us not forget the penalty of sin. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23”Let me get to my point, I have freedom in Christ! What God says about me supersedes any opinion or action of any person on this planet. I am not less than anyone because of the color of my skin or my gender. In fact, God made ALL of us in His image. Genesis 1:27 and Acts 17:26. That settles that argument of division based on cultural differences and whatever else man has concocted to keep us divided. Jesus, instructs us this way, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30&31So while many of you think, we still need to continue to fight for racial equality, the day I obeyed the gospel made me better than equal, that decision put in my the family of God.