2019 marks 25 years since the Rwandan genocide. It is essential that events like this--no matter how horrifying--be remembered, so that lessons can be learned that may help prevent such atrocities in the future. In this case, as in so many other genocides, people forgot that all people are descendants of Adam; we are literally brothers and sisters. Because of our creation and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ--our Creator and Redeemer--all people are "one blood," as the Apostle Paul put it to the Athenian philosophers (Acts 17:26).
Forgetting that we are all "created equal" can only have devastating consequences. This is why we have Creation Sabbath, the fourth Saturday of every October, to remember and celebrate what God has done. We need this time to remember that every other person is our brother or sister. All humanity, through the infinite grace of our Creator, has a place in God's Kingdom. Being a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) we are called to love one another as Christ--through whom all things were created (John 1:3)--has loved us (John 13:24).