The attitude of those that fired senseless tweets in response to Nina Davuluri of Indian descent, being crowned the new Miss America, reminds me of the first century Galatian Christians who could not comprehend the inclusion of Gentiles into the fellowship of Christ. Apostle Paul had to deal with them rather harshly:
“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? …3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?[a] 4 Have you experienced[b] so much in vain—if it really was in vain?” Galatians 3:1-4
To prudent Americans it makes sense that as an American Nina has equal opportunity to compete and win Miss America pageant as any other American but unfortunately there are still people in this country who cannot come to terms with the cultural inclusiveness of America.
Paul’s point is simple yet uncompromising – once you accept Christ as your personal savior, the ground is level. There are no additional requirements, initiations, etc.:
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3: 26-28
Perhaps it may help address the ignorance and hatred of the kind of people that posted hateful tweets, if they could learn to apply this principle of equality in their day to day lives. It’s neither godly nor civil. Just like we are one in Christ as Christ-followers, we have equal opportunities as citizens of this great country called America.