James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
What makes certain people feel more important than other members of the Body of Christ? What makes one group of people to feel superior to another group of people. What leads us to concentrate on our rights instead of our responsibilities? What produces hardness of heart to where we’re insensitive to others’ needs and withhold love? What is the root to all contentions which leads to unforgiveness because it causes impatience with others? It is pride which is the root nature of what led to the Fall of mankind into sin. Pride is an over high opinion of oneself; exaggerated self‑esteem; conceit; and haughty behavior resulting from this. It is excessive belief in one’s own worth, merit, or superiority. It is the number one resister to the grace of God. God resists and opposes the proud, haughty, or stuck up person. The word “resisteth” is a military term that actually means to set oneself in battle array against. God in effect is resisting the one resisting Him. We live under grace, yes, but we also have responsibilities under grace and that is to stay humble.
It is sad that we are still dealing with racism and prejudice not only in the world, and America, but also in the Church. Racism is the belief in the superiority of one’s race over another race. That’s silly since we all came from Adam and Eve. There are not many races, there’s only one race, the human race. Racism is rooted in pride and it is race pride that leads to racism. There is a division constantly being incited in our nation and it would be wise to recognize it is not fueled merely by human beings. There is a spirit realm many seem to pay no attention to (Ephesians 6:12). The spirit behind division always works to magnify difference.
In Christ Jesus there is no difference among us. We are all one in Christ Jesus though our spirits may be clothed differently. We all have a different color of clothing and thank God for dark clothing, thank God for light clothing, thank God for yellow clothing, thank God for red clothing, but that isn’t the issue, the issue is what is on the inside. It doesn’t matter what color clothes (skin) you have on, you are the Body of Christ. In the Spirit there is no difference. Ephesians 2:13-14 says, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” He is our peace for he hath made both one, Jew and Gentile and man with God again. He has broken down the middle wall of partition between us.
It took the Spirit of God through the work Jesus did on the Cross to break down the barrier between Jew and Gentile for them to become one in Christ in a Body called the Church. The Church was meant to be the end of racism and the beginning of a new nation, a new people, a new creation race called the Church. Of course, we know God recognizes three ethnic divisions of the human race, Jews, Gentiles, and Church of God (1 Corinthians 10:32) with regard to His covenant plans. God’s overall plan was to make us one as the Church but I like what I heard a great evangelist say, “There’s only two races on Earth; the one racing toward Heaven and the one racing toward Hell.”
There is not a more deceptive sin than the sin of pride. It is a sin that everyone else can see a person has a problem with but the last person to find out about it is the proud person. Satan is the original source of pride and to walk in humility is to resist the very nature of the one who caused the Fall. On this day when we celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we all ought to reflect upon the Biblical truths he stood for and rid our hearts of all forms of pride.