I’m taking a course called, “Journey” at Engedi Church in Holland, Michigan. Our latest session dealt with connecting/ building relationships with people different than ourselves.
“Jesus’ desire wasn’t just that more people would believe in Him. Rather, He desired that those who followed Him would do so in complete unity. This means people from every nation, social strata, language, and culture worshipping and serving God together in the local church. Celebrating and learning from their differences, and growing more and more in the image of their Creator.”
God’s loves His people. He loves our diverse differences. He’s not a boring Creator that wanted us all to be the same. As such, our “differences should be celebrated and learned from rather than ignored. Avoiding diversity and living in sameness runs contrary to the reconciling power of the gospel.”
“We need to stop seeing each other as wrong-Christian or right-Christian and value the diversity of the body of Christ.”
“How much could we all learn from each other, if we simply put aside our self-focused ‘values’ and considered the values of others?”