Hello and welcome to this week's Practical Living Blog. Today's topic is diversity. This is a huge issue in the world today and it is important to get a Biblical perspective on it.
Let's see what the Bible says shall we? Revelation 7:9 reads "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;" (Revelation 7:9, KJV). This verse shows us that people from all nations will worship the Lamb one day. James tells us not to show favoritism based on factors such as wealth (James 2:9a).
So how does this play out in my life? As humans, we tend to group together with people like us (think high school lunch room; there is the cool table, the nerd table, the cheerleader table, etc.). Each group treats its members as superior to outsiders. God calls us not to do this! Remember when Samuel went to find Saul's replacement, he guessed it was David's taller, older, and good-looking brother, but it was the young David who God choose. Not exactly classical leader apperance. The outside doesn't matter with God, and it shouldnt matter to us either.
Think of the Cross that Christ died on for us. There are two parts to it; the vertical bar bridging the gap between man and God, as well as the horizantal part bridging the gap between different peoples. In Christ, it doesnt matter if you are Chinese, or German, or Spanish, or Austrillian, or Cherokee. We are all loved by God, and our physical apperance doesnt change that.
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