• John Whitehead

Divided by Diversity


Living in the most diverse nation on earth, it is astonishing that we now find ourselves “divided by diversity”. You do not have to look far to see this is true. This division can be seen across every line being used to define and categorize humanity.


Race, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic diversity is being used as a dividing line in most every conversation we hear in our media and from those in politics.


I do not believe this is by accident. I truly believe this is intentional and is being used for the purpose of deepening the divides that exist among all the people of our country. The method being used, though insidious, is having its intended effect.


Ironically, as each group divides itself from every other group, they all seem to be screaming and yelling for the need for inclusion.


The fervent way with which each demand is being expressed and the coercive nature of that expression is growing with each passing day. Sadly, with demands come defiance and with coercion comes defense.


So, there must be a better way.


Perhaps, instead of allowing ourselves, to be “divided by diversity”, we should see the beauty that comes with and from that diversity. When we do, instead of being divided by it, we can be united because of it.


This is what the scriptures point to when the Church is called a Body. This is where diversity is seen as God’s plan for the world and for His Church.


Yet, even as I say this, there are those who feel we cannot be united until we all have the same view on whatever issue is important to me. This desire for uniformity has really given way to a requirement of conformity and this will never be achieved.


If we are going to be able to move forward as a nation and yes, as the Church, we are going to have to get over our need to be right.


From here, we must seek to be righteous, then we can allow our diversity to express itself in unity.


This is God’s plan. The question is do we believe His plan is more important than ours?


I wonder?


Mark 3:25,” If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.


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