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DIVERSITY AND UNITY OF CHRIST

Last updated on November 3, 2023

 

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:26-29

While the media tries to make us think diversity will strengthen our country and help us be more tolerant, quite the contrary is true. When diversity is used to show differences between people, it divides them.

On 9/11, when our nation was attacked, the people of New York came together in an unprecedented way. It didn’t matter if you were black, white, wealthy, or poor; people wanted to help each other because they were hurting.

In the Middle East, differences in race and ethnicity keep people apart. Often, diversity does not draw people together; it divides them.

In Christ, we are one in the spirit. We are all part of God’s family. Whenever I meet a fellow Christian, whether I am in Florida, Asia, or Australia, everything else about that person takes a backseat. I know we are one in Christ and that I am speaking to a brother or sister in Christ.

No country has ever survived when diversity was emphasized over the unity of the people. As we stray farther and farther away from the Judeo-Christian principles on which our country was founded, it’s only a matter of time before “diversity” undermines enough of the fabric of our country that we can no longer stand.

No longer united as “One Nation Under God,” what will we become? God made us all unique and special, but we are part of one body—the body of Christ. Once we elevate diversity above unity, we risk catastrophic consequences.

In Luke 11:17, Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.”

Jesus Christ is the most divisive person who ever lived. He separated the believers from the unbelievers, and His divisiveness confounded the leaders of His day. But the unity of the believers became the cornerstone of His church. Can we see harmony and diversity through God’s eyes as Jesus did 2,000 years ago? He knew men’s hearts and what was in a man. That is the challenge set before us. May God grant us the ability to see diversity in the unity of Christ.

PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, we are Yours, sons of God. We are Yours, the seed of Abraham. We are Yours, heirs, according to the promise. We are Yours, born again into the Kingdom of Heaven. We are Yours, sealed by the Holy Spirit.

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