Leading the Way in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are in the best position to advance DEI initiatives and movements that will stand the test of time and serve as a testament to the world. We do this grasping the two central realities of why we must see and elevate the voices and lives of those who are unlike us.
First, we belong to God
Scripture doesn’t say that Christ died for some with a particular attribute (e.g., whites or nonwhites, transgenders or cisgenders, males or females, etc.).
In His kindness, God offers us all true belonging, a familial sense of community and a knowledge that we belong to Him and are not separated. At the heart of our desire to make sure people are seen and heard is not the urge to join a cultural movement, but to reflect the true nature of a God who loves everyone, and who therefore loves diversity.
The differences that we see in others are a reminder of how intentional and creative our God is. Sameness is not a virtue in God’s economy. On the contrary, sameness actually limits our ability to see and appreciate the full beauty of the diversity that is God’s creation.
"From one man God made every nation of the human race, that they should inhabit the whole earth " (Acts 17:26)
Second, we belong to each other
The reality of the Kingdom of God is that we all belong to each other. Too often, we look only at ourselves and others as individuals. But God’s work in us is also corporate and communal; He has placed us in the context of a family in the body of Christ.
We are a people who belong to Him and to each other; and God desires that to be true for all people, everywhere. The Good News is that God invites us to participate in helping those around us experience this truth and discover that they belong in His kingdom too.
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:28)