Our Lord has called human beings of every race, creed, sex, and age to Himself. The “Blessed Community” that makes up the Church is a truly diverse one!
In addition to being called to salvation we have also been called to unity. This unity, if we desire to be obedient to our Lord, needs to transcend all the above-mentioned categories. This is true whether we are at church, interacting in a ministry, or “flying the line” with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Christ-followers can sometimes be as cliquish as the world. We may think that it is just a matter of wanting to be with our friends, with those with whom we are most comfortable but often other children of God in our midst accurately perceive that they are not part of the “inner circle.”
This should not be, especially among those who profess to be followers of Christ. Christians, of all people, should be lovingly inclusive of all when we gather with each other for any reason. Anything less falls short of living out the love of Christ.
“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.”
Romans 12:16 ESV
This thought was written by Shea Oakley. She is Primary Contributor for FCAP Social Media and also serves on our Advisory Board.