Power of God

Date

Nov 25, 2017

Sermon Series

Romans

In God’s eyes, we all have the same value. He loved us when we were sinners and enemies of God. We are equal in value to Him. What He gives us is life…eternal! In the eyes of our Father we are all His children with full access to the gift that He gave us in Christ Jesus.

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In July of 2016, the Pew Research Center (PRC) published an article with numbers concerning the wages gap among races and genders. This nonpartisan fact tank analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics concerning race. White men are often the standard of comparison considering that they are still the largest demographic group in the workforce within our country (about 33% in 2015). The PRC concluded there has been little progress in narrowing the wage gap between races and genders. 

"In 2015, average hourly wages for black and Hispanic men were $15 and $14, respectively, compared with $21 for white men. Only the hourly earnings of Asian men ($24) outpaced those of white men. Among women across all races and ethnicities, hourly earnings lag behind those of white men and men in their own racial or ethnic group. But the hourly earnings of Asian and white women ($18 and $17, respectively) are higher than those of black and Hispanic women ($13 and $12, respectively) – and also higher than those of black and Hispanic men." (See chart below)

The article also revealed that the working black male was making 73% the amount his white male counterpart earned in 1980. That statistic was the same in 2015. And the Hispanic man made 71% in 1980 and 69% in 2015. The only demographic group that seems to have surged ahead of the white male is the Asian male.

Why is there still such a discrepancy? According to the PRC, “Research shows that a majority of each of these gaps can be explained by differences in education, labor force experience, occupation or industry and other measurable factors.” 

In the end, though, our whole world’s economy reflects the same problem:  people of different races and genders are valued differently. Some societies have caste systems while others have male dominance. But one thing is sure, the whole world suffers from inequality. But maybe this is exactly what the author of Romans is addressing. According to human eyes, every person is valued differently. It is dependent on color, gender, educational background, economic opportunities, caste status, height, weight, IQ, age, etc. But according to God, we are all in the same boat.

In God’s eyes, we all have the same value. He loved us when we were sinners and enemies of God. We are equal in value to Him. There is no discrepancy in wages because those wages all equal death. But what He gives us is life…eternal! In the eyes of our Father we are all His children with full access to the gift that He gave us in Christ Jesus. 

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 6:23)

Pastor Kent

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