Think About It – Who Are My People?

handsHave you ever wondered why we hang out with people similar to us and at the same time dislike those same people? There is an unwritten rule that says when we take sides, we are supposed to take sides with people who are similar to us. We Black folks, White folks, Hispanics, Asians, and all others who are culturally alike tend to feel a connection or at least a perceived connection with each other.

What about employment? Army hooah, Marine oorah, and so on. Now although there is a difference between the services, there is that military connection that places us all as Family no matter what service we belong to. This same application can be seen with sports teams, colleges and/or motorcycle riding clubs. We love to be a part of a group that we feel a connection with, right? And that is okay. The crazy thing about our connection with folks who are similar is they can cause us great hurt, distress and pain. Oh, but don’t let another person do it. Why? Then it becomes us against them. I am so sick of the black verses white issues. I am so sick of the light skinned black folks against the darker skinned black folks. I am so tired of the Republicans against the Democrats. Why am I tired? Well it is simple.

As I examine folks around me from different races and backgrounds, I realized that we can use each other’s blood. Blood is the life of folks. No blood in your body, no life. So, where am I going with this rant? My people have issues. Now before you assume what people, let me name them. Eichelbergers, black, white, Army, Navy, athletic teams, college folks, Republicans and Democrats. What is the problem? Sin! What is the solution? Blood! Blood? Yes, blood! We need a blood transfusion. You see our blood is tainted. We have the sin disease running through our body.

17861Now you may say brother, I don’t have a sin problem at all. Well look in a bible and you will see it says in 1 John 1:8, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (NIV)”. So, when a black man attacks a white woman it is not that ALL black men are evil and wicked. The fact is the bible says ALL have sin and fallen (WAY) short of the glory of God. If a white male hangs a black woman it does not mean ALL white men are racist. We all are racist! Why?

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. – James 2:10

Okay, maybe you did not directly hang someone or attack someone but because you have sinned you and I are guilty of breaking “ALL” the Law. Read the Ten Commandments which sums up the Law in Exodus 20:1-17.

Please let me know if you or someone you know has not broken at least one of these commands! So if you have broken one, you are guilty of all, which requires punishment. It requires a pretty harsh punishment also. Death! That means you bleed out and there is no more life in you. But, but, but. There is God’s grace and mercy in the midst of this. Why? There has been a transfusion of blood. Your blood is no good. It is tainted, so you bleeding out and dying leaves you just dead and totally separated from God according to the bible.

Now here is where God’s help comes in. There had to be someone with untainted blood who was willing to bleed out for you and satisfy the penalty for sin (death). There had to be someone who was without sin and the human father’s contaminated blood. There had to be somebody who was eternal, yet human at the same time. Well, the problem is solved! It is Jesus! But wait there is more! You have to accept Him being your substitute as well as believing that He satisfies the requirement of (God’s) Law. Now if you can take this gift of God as your sub that means you must owe Him something for saving and giving you life, right?

Yes! You owe Him your life. That would be your “WHOLE” life. That means obedience to Him. But many say, “No thank you”! Many say, “I will deal with God the Father on my own terms”. Yes. Amen. You will. But let me tell you a little secret. The wages of sin is death! PERIOD! BUT, the gift of God is eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ. That is it my people. So whether you come from a black family, rich family, or crazy family we my people are all sinners. The rest don’t really matter when you think about it. We live together and we die together my people. Then we will live together again some with God and some separated from Him. By the way, you will live with your people for eternity, whether it is with God or separated from God. My people we will spend eternity in one place or another.

Think about it.

Miller Eichelberger
Disclaimer: The thoughts and views published on the Veterans to Christ blog are those of Miller Eichelberger are meant to represent the United States Army or the Armed Forces.

Miller Eichelberger “Ike” is a chaplain in the United States Army. He has served for over 25 years of combined time as an enlisted Soldier and chaplain. He has deployed three times to Iraq from Desert Storm to Operation New Dawn. Chaplain Eichelberger holds a Bachelors of General Studies degree with concentrations in Psychology and Religion from William Carey University, and a Master of Divinity degree in Leadership from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is endorsed by the South Baptist Convention’s (SBC) North American Missions Board (NAMB). He has been married to Leslie Eichelberger 19 years and they have three children.