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“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Romans 2:11- For God does not show favoritism

Today, I reflect on a statement made in the “ I Have a Dream speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights." The statement is “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I reflect on this statement and the word equality. What does it mean to be equal or have equality? Equality is sometimes defined as the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. If all men are created equal and if we are created in God’s image and likeness why is this world so hard pressed to embrace humanity? Seeing each other in God’s likeness no matter who you are, where you came from, what you look like, we are all God’s children. One family.

Deuteronomy 10:17 says For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. Can you imagine treating everyone equally, no partiality, simply as humans and sharing unconditional love no matter what? Jesus did that for us. Why can’t we do that with others? Today’s verse is a reminder that God does not show favoritism. We are all equal in his eyes and treated with equality.

Dear God,

Thank you for the reminder that you do not show favoritism. That you treat all your children the same way and pour the same love into each of us. I pray that all your children are reminded that you do not play favorites. That if they show favoritism and not equality, they have sinned and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. That they remember your commandment to Love your neighbor as yourself.” I ask this in your son Jesus’ name. Amen!

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