Friday, February 2, 2018

The Miracle Of Diversity

Today I stumbled upon a Canadian intern's first impressions on beginning to minister with me. He made this observation: “One of the most important strengths of our church here is the diversity which exists in the congregation, as well as the leadership. The deacons as well as the leadership of other committees is overseen by people from different backgrounds, which seems to be quite the miracle to me.” OBSERVATION: While all that glitters is not gold, it was indeed a miracle of God’s grace, and was one of the great pleasures of my ministry at that time. Personally, I consider diversity to be a litmus test of spiritual health. It indicates the extent to which a Church has overcome worldly categories, and has appropriated spiritual ones. The photo shows one of our Church groups at the time.

2 comments:

Rock in the Grass (Pete Grassow) said...

a diverse community is one of the "Good News" signs we have to offer to our country. So much of our society is race/class/language obscessed. The Gospel of jesus transcends this.

Thomas Scarborough said...

Thanks, Pete, that articulates it nicely. And it's a pleasure to live in small societies like this (though not perfect) which one would wish upon one's whole land.