When someone repents of their sin and accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, that person leaves behind the old life and takes on the new. In other words, they become new in Christ. Romans 10:9 says,
"That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved."And in verse 12, the Apostle Paul writes:
"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him."And Ephesians 2:19 says,
"Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God."This is an important aspect in the debate over "Latino American" nominee for the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor is understandably proud of her Latino heritage. She is an American success story. Yet her most public statements already have been divisive, even to the point of introducing racism as part of her character. She was very forthcoming during a speech at Berkeley law school, where she said,
"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."This has set off a firestorm.
Conservatives have rightly questioned the motivation behind Sotomayor's claim. Yet the "Latino" community is outraged that anyone dare question what she said. Already Janet Murguía, president of the National Council of La Raza is weighing in:
"There could be great resentment within the Latino community if it is seen somehow that she is not being treated with the respect due to a Supreme Court nominee."And White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs warned:
"I think it is probably important for anybody involved in this debate to be exceedingly careful with the way in which they've decided to describe different aspects of this impending confirmation."Similar to Christianity, when one becomes an American, he or she is supposed to subject their heritage to the national identity of being an American. As an American, you are no longer a stranger or a foreigner, but a fellow citizen with other Americans. For far too long, we have in this country allowed the opposite - everybody is some kind of an American - a Welsh American, an African American, a Latino American, a Russian American. If you are identified with another culture, how can you be loyal to the one you are in? Jesus said in Matthew 12:25,
"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand."
Interest groups already engaged in nominee battle - AP
Will Race Discrimination Ruling Burn Sonia Sotomayor? - ABC News
Outside Groups Sound Siren on Sotomayor as Senators Stay Mostly Silent - FOX News