There’s no room for supremacy at the foot of the cross.
When we are knee-bent before the throne of God, we find ourselves eye-level with everyone else who has knelt before it. We are neither above nor below, but rather, alongside the rest of the imago dei.
To know the gospel is to know one’s own inadequacy; it is, quite literally, the first element in comprehending the meta-narrative of Scripture. If there was no sin, there would be no need for redemption, and consequently no need for a Christ. But the brokenness of humanity is undeniable, and now, perhaps more than ever (at least during my lifetime) it feels weighty, palpable, and thick. Brokenness does not discriminate; we are all plagued by it.
Consequently, the faith of the Christ-follower is built upon a foundation of humility, predicated on an awareness of our inherent inferiority before a holy God.
As one who has received grace, there is only grace to extend; as one who has been forgiven, there is the ability to forgive; as one who has been shown mercy, there is mercy still to show; as one who once wandered, there is only compassion for those still wandering; as a human created by God, there is only reverent and abundant empathy for every other human who is also, according to our beliefs, created by God.
With these things in our hearts and minds, there is absolutely no room for any sort of supremacy in the one who has been redeemed.
From this viewpoint, kneeling before the cross, we are able to rightly see that there is no hierarchy of shortcomings; there is no sin more sinful or less sinful than the sin in my own heart. To think that there is any such thing is Pharisaic at best, and otherwise bordering on heretical. But as believers kneel at the foot of the cross we look up at only One, and down upon no one. And if the believer’s perspective has changed, if he finds himself elevated and therefore looking down upon another, we should wonder if he is still kneeling before the cross.
In any given scenario, but especially in a season of palpable disarray, Christians should be a safe place– marked by humility, peace and patience, kindness and goodness, gentleness and self-control, and above all else, reckless, tangible, overwhelming love.