Superiority In Simple Things
The tendency to consider other people inferior to ourselves is a fast spreading flame. Simple daily experiences like having better table manners, or a better command of our mother tongue/lingua franca can aggravate our egocentric tendencies.
This superiority complex goes beyond routine daily activities to specific affiliations such as the family name we bear, our ethnic tribe(s)/country(ies) of origin, institution of attendance or graduation and professional affiliation.
Among peers of similar affiliation, people may still form cliques that assume superiority over non members.
Made In Benin
Consider the Binis of the famous Benin Kingdom, an ethnic group resident in the south-south, here in Nigeria. They take great pride in their rich cultural and historical heritage. Part of their philosophy is that “a native of the Benin Kingdom (Edo) is superior to a native of any other tribe from whatever part of the world“. Many natives follow this philosophy in their daily lives, resolutely propagating the ideology.
A Worldwide Plague
Around the globe, people battle over superiority on the basis of gender and skin color. Some settings are finely tuned to suppress a specific gender, and, they do it really well. It is pitiful to note how poorly women are esteemed in some cultures.
On the other hand, some people believe that the black skin or any related skin tone belongs to an inferior species of humans who should be avoided and considered a threat to the purity of superior species.
The problems of sexism and racism still abound.
The Root Of The Problem
It all begins in our individual hearts, then it spreads to the home, then a neighborhood, a tribe, a larger coalition, and before we place some caution, someone, somewhere has become indoctrinated with some ideology and begins to enforce it with all his zeal, even if it means mingling the soil with blood and undignifying human dignity.
I have written something about how “allegiance can sometimes be a trail of blood” and hence will not revisit the effects of the second world war. Within and around us lie subtle ideologies that can get dangerously twisted when handled by fiery men.
World Without Walls
When Lord Jesus stepped on this planet in that early year of the first century AD., his home country was in captivity to the most powerful earthly Empire at that time, Rome. As Emporers arose and got replaced, the shakles became more burdensome and the Jews looked forward to their freedom with much expectation. They believed that only the Messiah could give them the freedom they sought. Not only that, they expected the Messiah to establish Jewish supremacy on all the nations.
Where did Lord Jesus take His stand? With the Jews or the Romans? The red, white or black? Male or female? The rich or the poor? The learned or the unlearned? The religious or the irreligious? Government or civilian?
Jesus stood for the New Creature, a special breed, foreign to earth and made in Heaven.
This species run on divine fuel, with innate power to unify both heaven and earth. They are the light of the world that is plunged in the darkness of hate and prejudice. They are the salt of the earth, the peace makers, bridging the gap between God and man and between man and man.
By His blood, Lord Jesus brought together all men of whatever earthly variations into one family.
This family does not consider differences in social or financial status, ethnic origin or other earthly privileges as barriers to loving themselves sacrificially.
Imagine a family with nothing to boast about. No basic pride that causes the various schisms typical of the world. In this family, humility is a driving virtue. Each member counts it a gracious privilege to know the Truth, hence, they extend the hand of love and fellowship to all and sundry in hope that all will come to the saving knowledge of Lord Jesus who does not count earthly descent and affiliation as a basis for segregation.
Ultimate Relationship By Jesus’ Blood
There is no greater bond that wipes away all lines of division and erases all superiority complexes than the bond brought by the unifying power of the blood of Jesus.
The early believers knew this and despite the many earthly diversities, found deep sacrificial love for one another, a strange feat and nearly unimaginable at that time.
If we must make a difference in this world, it would be by the reconciliation power in the precious blood of Lord Jesus. This power makes sexism, racism and other forms of prideful discriminations powerless through love.
God is Love.