|Mike Hosey, An Elder|
If you take a moment to look around your environment and think about it, you will quickly see that you are surrounded by diversity – meaning that our world is not monochrome, monolithic, or mono-anything in its general physical composition. Consider animal life for a moment. There are many, many kinds of animal species, and within any given animal species, there are many, many different kinds of that particular animal. This is true of plant life, bacterial life, or almost any kind of life on earth. The planet itself is diverse. There are rocky mountains, forested mountains, muddy rivers, clear rivers, deserts, rain forests, arctic tundra, swamps, plains, hills, meadows and just about any kind of environment you can imagine. This is because the God who created it is a God of diversity. If none of that is enough to convince you that God is a God of diversity, just contemplate on how he designed humanity’s reproductive process. Every time two people mate, the process takes genetic information from one person and combines it with the genetic information of the other person to produce a brand new unique individual who will then repeat that process when he or she comes of age. This ensures that there is a never-ending and always changing supply of new people who are diverse in some respect from the people from whom they came!
God so much loves this diverse world of men that he created, that he redeemed it at the cost of his son Jesus, the only sinless and perfect man to make it off of the planet (John 3:16). For those who might be tempted to think that it is not true that he has a bias toward diversity, take a review of Revelation. Revelation 5:9 tell us that the blood of Jesus ransomed people from every tongue, tribe, and nation. And Revelation 7:9 depicts a great multitude of people from every tongue, tribe and nation clothed in white robes and standing before the throne! It’s a very good guess that Heaven will be a diverse place as well.
But God is more than just a God of diversity. God is also a God of unity. His intention was never that all of this diversity on earth, and in humanity be at odds with one another. Instead, his intent was that everything be unified around him. When Adam and Eve fell after the original sin, that unity was broken. But it is God’s desire that it return. In Galatians, Paul tells us that in the church there should be neither male nor female, neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave or free. Instead, Paul tells us we should all be one in Christ. In other words, you may have diversity of form, but you should not have diversity of spirit or allegiance. Jesus reinforces this by example in the profound and famous prayer that he makes for his followers (John 17:1-26). In the midst of that prayer, he asks that they be made one just as he and the father are one (John 17:11).