During our time of youth pastoring, one of the on-going conversations that we had was about race. We would openly acknowledge differences and celebrate them. This was to the surprise of new-comers, when one of the girls would make a joke about Adriana being Puerto Rican, or one of my African-American students would remind me “how white” I was. (Poor kids, you could see on their faces that they didn’t know whether they should laugh or not.)

The topic was comfortable because we knew that the Church should stand, not just for unity, but for unity in diversity.

The body of Christ shouldn’t just be one color. It won’t be that way in Heaven, and it shouldn’t be that way on earth.

Thankfully, that is something I’ve heard so many Christian friends talk about lately. Many of us are seeing that we have to break the cycle of segregation in our churches. Homogeneity is the default. Diversity takes work.

“I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.” — Bob Goff, Love Does

In a world that seems to be bent on division, let us say yes to God’s call to love all people, not only in word, but in deed. Praying that churches and believers would continue (or begin) to be the agents of unity in a diverse world.