I hear the war cry, the drums being beaten, the trumpets sounding…
It is the nearly deafening cacophony of noise and disparate voices. And what is the noise all about?
It has become an almost daily stream in my blog reader. Every day, someone is marching on, demanding equality where some perceived inequality exists: between the sexes, the races, the classes, whomever. And the people who feel slighted or abused cheer them on, anxious to finally feel that their injustice has been righted.
I have a confession to make.
I don’t believe in equality.
I know, this is going to be tough to explain. You might be already readying your pitchforks. Hear me out.
Six Reasons I Don’t Believe in Equality
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus, who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing…”
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
“…In humility consider others better than yourselves.”
I can shout, raise my fist, fight the man, defy the powers, assert my rights and never be silenced in my quest for equality.
But somehow, that doesn’t seem to cut it for me anymore.
How can I submit my interests to my wife’s interests if I consider my interests merely equal to hers? How can I take the lowly state of a child, a servant or a slave if I must remain equal to my peers? How can I consider others better than myself if I assert that I am equal to them?
I don’t see Jesus going around saying, “Hey guys, take a knee because, guess what? I’m God!” Instead, he washes his disciples feet like a slave. I don’t see him asserting his rights when facing Pilate. I see him staying silent. I see him dying for sins he didn’t commit. I see him telling his followers that they’ll have to lay down equality with one another, deny themselves, love their enemies, give up seeking retribution and justice for themselves and become like slaves.
I don’t see him teaching equality. I see him teaching something much bigger.
I see him teaching the gospel.
What do you think about that? Is the message of equality somehow not quite enough?