Thursday, 31 May 2007

Equal but not the same

We all talk about this, we all sing about it. Equal this, equal that, equal right etc... but what are we really fighting?Are we fighiting for equality for the sake of equality

I know that i am not you, and you are not me, if so, why do people who say that compete against each other? Subconsciously, a lot of people strive to "succeed" to prove their worth. I am useful, i am smart, and i can prove it to you, look at my kingdom, my fame , my wealth. Of course, i am not speaking for all , i am just saying it for some.

John Stott gave a very good perspective on equality and identity  and i would like to share with you.

Equality, not identity <

BR>The equality the Bible commends is not a total
egalitarianism. It is not a situation in which all of us
become identical, receiving identical incomes, living in
identical homes, equipped with identical furniture, and
wearing identical clothing. Equality is not identity. We
know this from the doctrine of creation. For the God who
has made us equal in dignity (all sharing his life and
bearing his image) has made us unequal in ability
(intellectually, physically, and psychologically). The new
creation has even increased this disparity, bestowing on us
who are 'one in Christ Jesus' different spiritual gifts or
capacities for service.
How, then, can we put together this biblical unity and
diversity, equality and inequality? Perhaps in this way:
since all have equal worth, though unequal capacity, we
must secure equal opportunity for each to develop his or
her particular potential for the glory of God and the good
of others. Inequality of privilege must be abolished in
favour of equality of opportunity. At present, millions of
people made in God's image are unable to develop their
human potential because of illiteracy, hunger, poverty, or
disease. It is, therefore, a fundamentally Christian quest
to seek for all people equality of opportunity in education
(universal education is arguably the principal means to
social justice), in trade (equal access to the world's
markets), and in power sharing (representation on the
influential world bodies that determine international
economic relations).

--From 'Economic Equality Among Nations: A Christian
Concern?' "Christianity Today" (2 May 1980).

--Excerpted from "Authentic Christianity", p. 368, by
permission of InterVarsity Press.

Tomorrow: Gender, Sexuality, Marriage and Divorce

1 comment:

  1. Hi Irene,

    Thanks for taking time to leave a comment in my post Environmentally friendly Internet and for your kind words. Much appreciated.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
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