Biblical Ethnic Diversity Inclusion Part Two.

What is it that really lies beneath the surface that won’t allow people to break down the wall of partition between we and they; whoever the we and they may be? Often we don’t even try to get at the root cause for fear of what we may find there in the deep places of our souls (intellect, will and emotions).

Before we go too far down that trail let’s take a hard look at the church at Ephesus in the Ephesians 2:14,15 “The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.”  

If we can remember concerning the eye or perception according to the scripture quote in 1Corinthians 12:14; “if the eye that is evil” i.e. “poneros” defined as being full of distractions and annoyances; then we can see that this thought is very much inline with the statement, “the law being so clogged with the fine print and footnotes that hindered more than helped”. The Hebrew believers where viewing their new Gentile brothers and sisters through their Hebrew cultural lenses.

In that time Paul was speaking to two very different groups and according to the natural they had no potential of getting together on the common ground of unity. This division is described through the lens of centuries of animosity and suspicion. This kind of division sounds consistent with the historical animosity and distrust that existent between ethnic groups in our society of today.

There is a form of unity, This type of unity that is existent in society outside of the people of true faith. Scripture makes it plain speaking of the form of what people think is noble and righteous.   

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof “  2 Tim3:5 KJV

Power of this sort is in the person of Christ. In whom all power exist  Matt 28:18

 That is why Christ Centered Diversity Inclusion is not just another fancy religious term of a secular concept; this is recognition of the fact that Christ is at the very center of unity /inclusion. The scripture above in Ephesians says that “Christ has made things up between us”, “He tore down the wall we used to keep one another at a distance”, “repealed the law code that had become so clogged with (Poneros), instead of continuing with “two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, He created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody. In all of our multiethnic encounters or to say, our interactions with those of different ethnic backgrounds the connection point is the love of Christ.

Seeing that true unity comes from Christ, we are reminded of the scripture that says that “we are complete in Him” Colossians 2:10 KJV. Any relationship of merging ethnic groups into a cohesive construct of unity is only made complete in Christ through His love. We must everyday and in every way,

“press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Phil 3:14 KJV

Kevin K. Robinson  Executive Director of Accord1

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