From one ancestor

Friday

Acts 17

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26From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth.

“From one ancestor.” This is not a conversation about genetics and evolution; it is simply a statement of our shared humanity. “From one ancestor he made all nations.” It is a message about our identity, not about science. “From one ancestor he made all nations.” It goes back to that experience of the little blue marble. We are in this boat together. And when some people are dropping explosives or shooting bullets or dumping toxins or perishing from hunger it affects us all. “From one ancestor he made all nations.” We divide ourselves. We imagine some are less than. But God keeps coming to us to say: “From one ancestor he made all nations.”

I wonder how many times God will have to say it? I wonder why we are so determined to plug our ears and wag our tongues to drown out the sound of his voice. “From one ancestor he made all nations.” We are members of one human family. We are members of one human family.

Why do we insist on disconnecting ourselves from one another? What do you have to turn off in the human soul to steal someone’s children? Or, what never got switched on? Why is there pleasure in hurting others? Why do we indulge in taunting one another? That clown from the Seattle Seahawks is different only in degree from the simplest “I told you so.”

Why is it so delicious to have power over others? You can watch politicians salivating when they have the chance to clip some words out of context and beat a member of the other party with them.

“From one ancestor he made all nations.”

“From one ancestor he made all nations.”

“From one ancestor he made all nations.”

What if our highest value was not winning but serving? What if our chief goal was not power but empowering?

“From one ancestor he made all nations.”

What if our primary concern was not ourselves but others? What if our priority was not our status but the status of others? Not our wealth but the wealth of others? Not our safety but the safety of others? Such a world that would be.

“From one ancestor he made all nations.”

So Jesus dared to believe this simple little line. He dared to live it. And the world may have crushed him, but God reversed that judgment. This “naïve” Jesus now sits at the right hand of God. This “starry-eyed” Jesus now reigns as Lord of all.

“From one ancestor he made all nations.”

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