Everything has a label. Actually, everyone has a label as well.
I read in my Bible that we aren’t supposed to regard people in the flesh once we are born again. Well, here, let me show you. 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 says (emphasis mine):
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
This is one of my favorite passages of scripture. Truth just leaps off the pages and screams from the mountaintops. If you combine this with the other passage about our fight not being against flesh and blood, it all begins to make sense.
When we label people, we are regarding them in the flesh. We fail to see their created value.
You’re pro abortion.
You’re a homosexual.
You’re a devil worshiper.
You’re an alcoholic.
People find their identity in that stuff. The bottom line is this: We are all people, human beings, created in the image of God. Period.
Galatians 3:28 says:
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Insert a label into that verse to take the place of Jew or Greek, slave or free.
Paul isn’t saying we are all the same. Like robots. We are all one in Christ. Everything was made through Christ. We were created in His image. We are all sons and daughters of the King. We all have a destiny and purpose. It’s why we were created.
To manifest the image of God here on Earth.
To become love. That’s why we’re here. How can we do that if all we see is a label?
If you’re a Baptist, and you come across a Lutheran, you’re already thinking about differences in beliefs and how you will defend your doctrine, etc. It’s crazy.
We get so tied up in debate, the desire to be right, and our own arrogance, we fail to see people through the lens of God.
And there is only one way He looks at us. With love.
How do I know that? Because the Bible says that God so loved the world, that He gave. And you know what is truly awesome? It will say that same thing tomorrow. And the next day. And the next.
There is only one way I want to be labeled, and that’s as a believer.
I’m not any one denomination. I’m not a result of my past. I have been bought with a price. I’m born again. The old is gone, and all things have become new. Not some things. All.
Once we realize that, and understand that we are no longer bound by sin, it will change everything.
Let’s throw away the labels of denomination and society, and see people through love.