In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11).
I was born in 1921 and raised on a ranch in Oklahoma, five miles from the nearest community.
It is hard to imagine today, especially for young people, but when my parents bought the ranch and built the house, there was no electricity. But we were blessed to have my grandfather drill a gas well on our property and we were able to heat and light our home through natural gas. As far as I know, nobody else in the county was so fortunate.
My mother was a pioneer mother, and a godly woman. She had eight children; one died in infancy.
Mother never had a negative word about anyone. In the days when racial discrimination was so open, my mother always took a position that we children were no better than anyone no matter what the color of their skin, and nobody is better than we were, so we were taught to never look down on anyone, and never exalt yourself.
When I first started the ministry in UCLA in 1951, the African-American students did not feel free to mix as we had hoped and prayed. Even though we invited them to come to our meetings, they would not come. At the time, Rafer Johnson, an African-American, was the student body president, the Olympic Decathlon champion, and recognized as the world's greatest athlete. I had discipled him, and I met with him regularly. He was one of the most outstanding young men I have ever known.
I asked Rafer to be the chairman of Campus Crusade for Christ at UCLA, and he agreed. Thus, he was the top leader on campus and also with Campus Crusade. I thought the African-Americans would surely want to come, but they still would not come.
Thankfully, things are better now than they were in the early 1950s, but still not where I would like them. We have always tried to build bridges to all ethnic groups. Thanks partly to my mother's influence, I have never had any prejudice.
I am constantly reminded of Paul's words in Colossians 3:11: "In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us" (NLT).
This is a message so badly needed in all the world. "Christ is all that matters."
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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