The Gospel and International Relations: All Mankind
The Gospel not only changes the individual, it influences international relations by breaking down the partition walls of prejudice and hatred among the different nations and races. It unites in brotherly fellowship and harmony those who once were bitterly separate and hostile. The spirit of Christianity is truly universal rising above all national distinctions promoting a unity described as being of “one heart and of one soul.”
The poor Gentile Christians in Greece, in what may be the very first international aid effort, sent their charities to the poor Jewish Christians in Palestine, and thus proved their gratitude for the gospel and its fellowship which originated among the Jews. The Christians all felt themselves to be “brethren,” were constantly impressed with their common origin and their common destiny, and considered it their sacred duty to “keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.”
While the Greeks despised all barbarians as only half men, and the Romans, with all their might and policy, could only bring their conquered nations into a mere mechanical conglomeration, a giant body without a soul, Christianity, by purely moral means, not force, but love, founded a universal spiritual empire and a communion of saints, which stands unshaken to this day, and will spread till it embraces all the nations of the earth as its living members, and reconciles all to God.
Christians didn’t despise non-Christians or people from other cultures. They loved them. They believed that God is the Savior of All Mankind.
The Apostle Paul taught believers to:
Live At Peace With ALL MANKIND: “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 13:18
Love ALL MANKIND: “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you…” 1 Thessalonians 3:12
Provide For the Needs of ALL MANKIND: “…they glorify God for your…subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men…” 2 Corinthans 9:13
Work For The Good Of ALL MANKIND: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10
Be Patient With ALL MANKIND: “…be patient toward all men.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12.