"The Body of Christ is most effective when all of its parts are working at their maximum potential. Consequently, we should be the greatest advocates for cultural diversity, in race, gender, class, and more. We certainly should not lag behind secular society’s notion of diversity. Part of maximizing the capabilities of the church and accomplishing its mission is by being sensitive to and proactive in reaching and ministering to more diverse audiences; all without sacrificing the integrity of God’s word." -Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts
I write and discuss persistently on topics as diversity. Topics as social injustice and immigration with those affected by them should be discussed in churches and in a compassionate manner. In all manners, we should exemplify Jesus Christ. In her piece, Tracey Lewis-Giggetts, explains the importance of diversity in the Church as well as the myths surrounding it particularly that diversity is not all about race. I agree. There a many ways we separate ourselves whether it's socioeconomic class, political views, etc. I remember one day walking into a church service and there were only middle aged to seniors in attendance...only. Where were the young people? How will the church grow? Also, I'll never forget attending a church service while in another city. When I left, I knew it wasn't a church I would ever attend again (unless God showed me differently.) During the church announcements there were several invitations from other churches and each came from a church within their particular denomination. How do people within a congregation grow and learn when surrounded by people who think like them all of the time? Where are the objective viewpoints? We should all be of one mind in Christ, however we all have different experiences in this life. How can we begin to expect integration and coming together when we consistently close ourselves away from people with different life experiences, therefore different viewpoints...whether of a different sex, age, educational and or income level?