Diversity is being pushed big time in today’s marketplace. If you run a business, the topic of diversity will undoubtedly come up. For many companies diversity is one of their building blocks. And schools do as much as possible to ensure that they won’t see a majority of any people group.
We have options to diversify our music, diversify our food and even to diversify our social groups. I believe that diversity is a good thing rooted in us.
When we look at God himself, we see diversity. The Trinity is the most beautiful example of relationships that we have. We see three very diverse and different persons, practicing submission, exemplifying diversity and being completely united. And of course we know that diversity will be a trademark of the kingdom of God (Rev. 5). But the problem is that many of us believe that diversity is THE trademark of the God’s kingdom.
Diversity Can’t be our Ultimate Goal
There was a pastor who started a church based on diversity. He was all about bringing the races together. During a hurting time in America, he brought a message of a diverse kingdom to many people. His church grew and grew. In time, he ended up moving his church to South America and led his members to the largest mass suicide in human history. His name was Jim Jones and his kingdom was centered on himself.
God’s kingdom will be diverse, but it will be centered on Jesus.
Jesus is the key element to the beauty within the kingdoms, diversity. You can have a diverse kingdom and it still not be God’s kingdom. Jesus must be on the throne.
An Important Question to Ask
Most of our churches are not diverse. The progress made since MLK said “Sunday at 11am is the most segregated hour in America” is still lacking. Because of this there are many different initiatives to seek diversity in churches. Many will boldly make “the big hire” hoping that this will diversify the congregation. There have been black and white churches that have actually merged in hopes that the congregation would be multi-ethnic.
Just because we become racially diverse, does that mean we are a church reflecting the kingdom of God?
This is a question we must think through. The diversity conversation is everywhere you look. It’s a good thing. But we must keep a healthy perspective on it. Let’s seek to integrate our local churches while keeping Jesus on the throne.