As I’ve watched the chaos, strife, violence and destruction surrounding the Michael Brown issue in Ferguson and across America, I’m grieved by the ever-widening racial divide I see across our land. With all the amazing strides we’ve made over the past half-century, I’ve seen haters and race-baiters on both sides drive wedges between people in recent years. I’m angered and saddened by the ruination I see taking place in the name of justice and equality.
And yet I observe a much different dynamic at work in my motorcycle riding group, the Kneebenders, a chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. We got together last week for an early Thanksgiving fellowship at our chapter president’s home, and it was a most blessed night. Riders from all walks of life, all socio-economic levels, all races, all united by two things- a love of motorcycles, and more importantly, a love for Jesus Christ. It is glorious, every time we are together.
Look at the above photo, taken that evening. Among us, there is no strife, no tension, no discrimination, no taking sides. There is only love, friendship, unity, and peace. We are from one blood (Adam & Eve), and we are united by one blood (Jesus Christ). No politics, no race, no division. A true picture of the Body of Christ, what we were meant for, what will be again some day.
I am reminded of Galatians 3:28, where Paul states, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female; for you are all one in Jesus Christ.” Man divides, Christ unites. We might say today, “There is neither white nor black, rich nor poor, man nor woman, for we are all one in Jesus Christ.” It is certainly true of our group- a little hint of Heaven, a glimpse of glory. And what a glory it will be.
May we as Christ-followers model this love and unity for the world to see.