The Importance of One

People like to generalize topics in life. Generalization makes life easier and saves people time of explaining the intricacies of each and every situation that may arise within the topic at hand. Unfortunately, not all generalizations are good. Bad generalizations, or stereotypes when we are referring to people groups, typically serve as comedic devices to make people feel better at the expense of certain people groups. When taken to extremes, stereotype jokes become serious racism, where people outright hate other people groups for one reason or another. Unfortunately, racism does exist and it causes all of us to fall back on the preconceptions we have of others every now and again. These assumptions may sometimes be true, but more often than not, at least in my experience, they are hurtful and way off the mark. The ideal situation is that we can take the time to get to know each and every individual and have deep fellowship with everyone. Unfortunately as I said, generalization is easier than specificity, and people will fall back on this and a lot of the people we meet will only be faces to us.
Thankfully, while we may not be able to have deep fellowship with everyone we meet, I at least serve a God who has known us since we were in our mother’s womb. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who knows each one of us down to the number of hairs on our heads. He cares about us so much that he sent his son down to us such that none of us may perish and spend eternity separated from him. He cares so much about the individual that there are a pair of parables about how He tirelessly searches for the one that may be brought back to the kingdom. (Luke 15:1-10) Now while we should be elated by such a revelation found in the Bible, it is not all a bed of roses from here. The Bible also teaches us that if we are guilty of breaking one part of the law, we are guilty of breaking the whole law (James 2:10). Now if we break the whole law we are definitely guilty of sin against God, the wages of such a transgression is death (Romans 6:23). Thankfully, we have one way to be forgiven of our transgression and be reconciled with God so that we may have continued fellowship with Him, and that is by confessing with our mouths and believing in our hearts that Jesus is the Messiah, come to save us from ourselves (John 14:6, Romans 10:9).
So the number one is definitely significant within the scriptures and is relevant to the lives we live today. There is one God, one way to come to Him, and there is only one people on this earth. There may be different groups of us, but we are all human beings made in the image of God. As such, and since God loves us all as much as I hope I conveyed to you in this post, that at least we Christians could come together and love everyone the way that God loves us. I would hope that you reading this have already made the choice to follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but if you have not I would be happy to discuss how you start down this path. God bless and have a good rest of your day.


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