“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their colour.” and “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty, and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou.
Have you ever sat down and, in a moment of reflection, asked, “why am I a Christian?” You might answer that question by saying, “following Jesus gives me the purpose, identity, and freedom I’ve been searching for―and far more than I have ever imagined.” OK. But the next question probably would be, “how well am I doing as a Christian?” That answer would take some reflection. God commands us to get right in a relationship with Him, each other, and God’s creation. Are we doing all we need to do to have the right relationships, to love the people around us? That means we need to love each other despite our differences.
God has made us in different ways. Diversity was, is, and will be His creation. Instead of minimizing or ignoring our differences altogether, we should celebrate them. We should treasure the kaleidoscope of skin colors, tribes, ethnicities and the God they reflect. To downplay our differences or ignore relationships and communities we experience is to rob ourselves of joy. God has seen fit to make people different colors. Why would we see fit to downplay, or diminish these differences?
Our hunger for the things of God unites us. We all have different appetites, different allergies, different tastes, but sustenance is what we crave. The bread of life; Jesus, our cornerstone. And in His house, there’s room enough for us all. Ephesians 2:19-22 (MSG) says, “That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.”
Do you have someone in your community that you don’t look like, talk like, share beliefs with, celebrate the same holidays, or have a different political view than you? Take time to celebrate that diversity – knowing that God loves and is present in all cultures and people.
- How does love one another connect with racial reconciliation in your mind?
- What can we do this week to embrace diversity?