"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male not female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
This is an interesting scripture, in a chapter talking about who we are in relation to God (his children). On the surface, it seems to be denying some essential differences... perhaps servitude isn't essential, but gender is, and though I doubt nationality is eternal, we do get to keep the bodies we have now, albeit in a perfected form... and they seem to have different features depending on where we come from. Looking further though, I don't think that it is denying anything... not saying that those things don't exist at all, but rather that these things that make *such* a difference on earth... affecting how we are treated, how well we are paid, the opportunities we have in life, and so many things... they don't matter at all when it comes to our relationship with God. Or rather, they matter in a positive way. God knows all of us and loves us individually... differences and all. But none of these things is an obstacle in God's kingdom. We're all one. United in him. I really like the idea of a place without any discrimination. Today, let's work on being part of that place, and building the kingdom of God.