Thursday, April 3, 2008

Warning: You probably wont agree!

Why is there such a disagreement amongst the Church? I realize that we all have different takes on theology and that every denomination is different and that disagreement and challenging of faith is not necessarily an unhealthy thing, but when did diversity become a cultural wedge. We can take the word diversity in every sense of the term, let it be, people, way of life, religion, denominations within religion, whatever. It seems to me that people who are fighting for the same goal (in this case the advancement of the Gospel) end up fighting each other and never get anything done.

What will it take for people to come together being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose? Like Paul instructs to be in Philippians 2:2. But also realizing that no matter what; sin and perception has caused us to have views that not all will agree on, but that we all have the same common goal in mind. What would a movement look like that used the strengths of each denomination and ministry to enhance the weaknesses of another.

Has pride become something that is so great that we as believers who have received Christ are not allowing the message to be spread out because of our own sin? Sure, I guess would be the easier answer but I don't think it is that simple. I think a lot of it comes back to fundamentals of a people. I think it comes back to the fact that the word diversity sounds good and warm but is really just a term that masks a wedge that we use to separate people.

Shouldn't diversity in any sense be about celebrating one anothers differences and working through those differences for a common good? Why is diversity just a generalization for labeling separate groups of people and creating categories that cause a failure to establish community, fellowship, and support? Bridging the cultural gap and promoting diversity over segregation in all realms is a battle that is worth fighting. Many leaders have made great headway in eliminating this cultural and religious wedge, now its our turn to step up.

Who are we to be a burden to the gospel because, "I am a Baptist and I don't want to labor next to a Methodist?"

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