Archive for November, 2015

Why is it that we more easily value people being like us rather than being with people from known and sometimes unknown backgrounds? Most churches and campus ministries often reveal just how much we don’t value diversity. What are we not recognizing or valuing in deliberately attracting people from diverse experiences and culture? Why have our fears kept us from seeing the richness in many cultures in our country and around the world?

Passages such as John 4, Acts 6:1 and 10:1-48 are classes we hope are more electives than required courses. Jesus is totally inclusive of everyone partly because he loves everyone but also because he knows the value in diversity. Not to get weird about it but just think of how boring it would be to go to a zoo and all there was to look at were zebras.

Don’t settle for the easiness of having everyone basically be the same in where they live, similar employment, kind of cars they drive; but relish the challenge when the guy holding the “anything helps” sign, the man with the multi colored tattoos, the sharp dressed business man or woman shows up at your home Bible study or church. So much to learn…

WHAT THIS MEANS: How could you begin to really make a close friendship with someone totally different than you? Why wouldn’t you be excited to have them over for dinner? Hang out at one of the coffee shops you have always said “I will never go in there.”

We come to crossroads in our life many times. We make choices and decisions that reflect our seriousness about never going back to whatever-some habit, a longing, a distorted way at looking at life or a change in our thinking.

Has your experience been one in which you have seen the enemy throw up his hands and surrender realizing we really mean it this time? It appears to me that the enemy often quietly slips away making us think he has lost when all the while he believes there will always be a time he can return and we will be vulnerable because we thought we won and that was that.

Matthew 4:11 gives insight into how our enemy works. He left Jesus but as we know he was anyway but finished challenging Jesus. 1 Peter 5:8 says in the Message “…he would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up.” We may have resolved it but that means nothing to the enemy of our soul.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Take a long look at 2 Corinthians 10:5. What have you resolved regarding our culture’s magnetic pull or the clever thinking many use to try to take Jesus out of our vocabulary?