And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
- Romans 8:28-30
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship… There are no ordinary people.”
- C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory and other addresses
We have hate groups around the world that think that they are the chosen “race,” and that others must be exterminated. It is not just a “white” thing, and some groups persecute mixed racial children. And before we move on, most Caucasians do not consider themselves superior. It is a radical few that make a bad name for the rest in almost every culture, just as there may not be that many Muslims who are among the radical Muslims who proselytize by force or kill the infidels who refuse to denounce their God.
But as for Christians, God will accept anyone who believes in, and trusts, Jesus. The only “cost” is a meaningful relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Sure, there is the part about becoming more like Jesus, but you will want that if you truly trust in Him. And Jesus is generous. He counts us as His brothers and sisters. As the Apostle Paul tells us in the Scripture above, we are not just brothers and sisters, but each of us is first-born.
Traditionally, the first-born got the lion share of the inheritance, but since being a brother of Jesus who has infinite resources, 75% of infinity is still infinite. Your kid brother, as if there was a lesser brother, still gets infinity, also.
My mother practiced the traditional type of understanding of the passing down of property although the inheritance was divided equally. The tradition is mentioned in the Bible, but it is not ordained as such. I may stand corrected on that. The practice of giving the greater blessing is seen as early as the trickery used by Rebekah and Jacob to steal Esau’s blessing. Esau had already sold his birthright as first born. Yet, I have not found where God dictated to the people the rules about first born receiving the vast majority, only as it being established traditionally when mentioned. In fact, God in His sovereignty allowed Jacob to hold Esau to his bargain on the birthright. Jacob (Israel), in turn, reversed his hands when blessing Joseph’s two sons. The kingly line, as blessed by Israel and later affirmed in the anointing of David, was through the tribe of Judah (fourth born) and David was the youngest son of Jesse and the runt of the family. Solomon was far from the eldest son that remained alive when David passed away. There were instructions to take care of Zelophehad’s daughters in Numbers 27, but not much else regarding who got the inheritance.
Yet, while my brother was still alive, my mother showered him with money while I got excuses. And nearly all the inheritance went to my brother’s widow, although we were all supposed to “share.” At that point, it became “Why bother?”
But God holds us all equals. His inheritance is based on us being brothers of His Son. We may have a slightly different reward on Judgment Day, but we will each have more than we could ever need.
So, how should we treat our fellow humans on this earth? Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves. He told us to love our enemies. We never know what ordinary person that we meet might be the neighbor in Heaven who lives in the mansion next door. We should treat them as if they are our eternal neighbor.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.