As a child I recall singing a song at church called “Jesus Loves the Little Children” the lyrics went:
Jesus loves the little children all the little children of the world, red and yellow black and white we’re all children in his sight Jesus loves the children of the world.
So it’s a little culturally insensitive but proves the point. I serve communion at church quite often and I find that I often notice the diversity of the church community. Some times I wonder about the past of some. I imagine some are ex-drug addicts, some ex-adulterers, some ex-religious fanatics who finally found the real Jesus, some might have been prostitutes, pimps, abusive, broken, some doctors, some seminary professors, some retail workers, some laborers, some teenagers, and who knows what. Some are very clean-cut, others are covered in tattoos. Some are white, others black, some Asian, some Native American, some Indian, some American, some immigrants, etc. In the universal church there is such a great diversity. So many different people with so many different backgrounds, stories, sins, etc. And Jesus loves them all. For all of this we ought not to ignore the differences of the color of our skin, or the accents, or the differences in education, the differences in jobs… there are so many differences in the nature of the body of Christ that we cannot look at the community and not rejoice over how diverse it is.
I feel like I have written this blog before but I cannot help but continue to reflect upon the wonder of how thick the blood of Christ is to cover the many sins of many different people. All from different backgrounds – Jesus died not just for the sins of Israel but the sins of the whole world. Our church community should be diverse and we should love it. I have to admit one of my favorite parts of communion is watching men and women of different cultures and different backgrounds come together in unity and rejoice in their savior.