We Are One in Christ

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28

Beginning with the French and American revolutions, the world has gradually moved towards the principle of equality among all members of the human race. Today it is presented as a great socio-political achievement and such revolutions are considered as the origin of the civil liberties that we enjoy. The truth is that true freedom occurred many centuries before the French and the Americans carried out their revolutions. Galatians 3:28 says clearly: There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

The French revolution was a social and political conflict, with various periods of violence, which convulsed France in the late eighteenth century. It began with the self-proclamation of the Third State as a National Assembly in 1789 and ended with Napoleon Bonaparte’s coup d’état in 1799. The revolution marked the definitive end of feudalism and absolutism in France and gave birth to a new regime where the bourgeoisie became the dominant force of the country.

For its part, the revolution of the thirteen English colonies of North America was, at the same time, a revolutionary process and of decolonization that carried out the first independence in the American continent. From this process came a new nation, the United States of America, which was legally established in texts of great importance, such as the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776) and the Constitution (September 17, 1787). The American example was decisive in influencing the French revolution and Spanish America.

And although the French revolution was based on the principle that all men are born free and equal in law, the truth is that this principle was not applied in what was the richest colony of the Americas, Saint Domingue, i.e., the western part of the Spanish island or of Santo Domingo. France obtained great benefits from this colony by the extreme exploitation of slaves from Africa, who demanded their freedom after the change of regime in the metropolis. The denial of this right resulted in the bloody Haitian revolution and the second free nation of America, the Republic of Haiti, on January 1, 1804.

While the revolution in North America brought a new political system different from the one in force at that time, the truth is that, even in the absence of a monarchy, slavery prevailed for almost a century. The differences between slave owners and anti-slavery sharply divided the nation and a civil war between both sides had to take place, which was won by the northern states that opposed slavery. And although slaves were liberated in the United States since the 1860s, it must have been another century for their descendants to attain full liberties.

It is clear that true equality in the human race is not possible under the initiative of humanity itself. It has been God’s initiative, through His Son Jesus Christ, to destroy the differences between being a part of His chosen people or of the Gentile nations; being born slave or free; or being male or female. We are all one in Christ Jesus. God bless you.


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