Whilst we were yet sinners….


As we look to celebrate Pentecost Sunday, regular contributor to Network Suffolk, Shane Hughes, considers how, despite the differences we see of one another, God loves us all just the same.

I recently watched The Greatest Showman again and I am still impressed with the story line and songs throughout the film. Even though it had a few dark moments in it, the majority was still uplifting and had a feel good happy ending. For me, part of what made the ending so good was the conversation between Mr Barnum (Hugh Jackman) and James Bennett who was a critic. After scathing negativity throughout the film, Mr Bennett sat down and stated the following:

James Gordon Bennett: I never liked your show, but I always thought the people did.

P.T. Barnum: They did. They do!

James Gordon Bennett: Putting people of all Shapes, Sizes, Colours. Putting them on stage together and presenting them as equals, another critic might have even called it a celebration of humanity.

P.T. Barnum: I would’ve liked that.

The critic shared a moment of understanding, that it’s not denying we are all different, but its accepting each other as we are. It’s treating the poor like the wealthy, the ignorant like the educated, of not praising status, but congratulating each person on their own merit. Although this film is loosely based off the true story of Mr Barnham it hints a bit like what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 5:8 – while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

It wasn’t while we were on the top, or when we finally got it all right. GOD knew we would always struggle in many areas and yet still knowing this, he chose to make a massive sacrifice and love us AS WE ARE…

All of us. The rich and poor, the educated and ignorant, the famous and the unknown. GOD loves us… and Christ’s blood covered all of us, equally. There is absolutely nothing we can do to make him love us less or make him love us more. The missionary who sacrificed all he has is not loved more than the terrorist who has been misguided his whole life. GOD loves us.

I am certain most of us have heard the phrase “WHAT UNITES US IS GREATER THAN WHAT DIVIDES US”, and yet far too many of us, look for that one little difference. What is it about you that is different than me? What colour skin are you, or what sexual orientation are you, or what religion?

While he was on the cross, Jesus was crucified between two men. Both had committed offences requiring the punishment of crucifixion. Both had an opportunity to believe, but only one had chosen to. Regardless, of this the blood of Christ was shed for both, just as it was shed for you and me, and for those who don’t look like us, act like us, or believe what we believe.

We may not be seen as equals in the eyes of man, but to GOD all of us are his children. Let us put aside our differences and see each other as GOD sees us.

Shane is married to Lydia and they have 3 young children. He has been a disciple of Christ for over 20 years and is still learning! He is currently one of the leaders at Colchester Road Baptist Church. His passion lies in men’s ministry and is one of the coordinators for Christian Vision for Men in Ipswich. 
The thoughts expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of Network Suffolk