The Brotherhood of Man
There is a church in northern California that has portraits of famous people hanging in its vestibule. There is a portrait of Socrates and another of Eleanor Roosevelt. There are portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Ghandi and Jesus. These words are written in gold over the assembled portraits: “And we are all children of God...”
I am sure people pass by those portraits every day and marvel at the universal brotherhood of man. There is only one problem: the universal brotherhood of man (and the universal “fatherhood” of God) is a lie. The quote in gold letters is even a quote from the Bible—but it is incomplete. “We are all children of God,” the scripture says, “through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
There is no universal brotherhood apart from Christ. But through Him, we are adopted into the family of God, and we become joint heirs with Christ to the very kingdom of God. We are like sheep, Jesus said, who have wandered away and followed our own schemes and desires. But we were created for something different... something more. The greatest lie perpetrated today is that God’s way does not work. The second greatest lie is that man’s way does. The truth is, there are no values working in this world today but God’s. And there is no other way into His family but through His Son and our Savior Jesus Christ.
Don’t let a sense of political correctness deter you from calling Jesus what He is: the way, the truth, and the life...and the only way in to the family of God.