Being Present: The First Step To Finding Diversity Outside Of The Church Walls

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Lately, we’ve been discussing the idea of finding diversity outside of our church walls. This means that it’s okay to have a sort of ‘segregated’ church, but we shouldn’t allow for that to be the norm in our daily lives. If this sounds weird to you, check out last week’s posts to understand the argument better.

The first step to finding diversity outside of the church walls is simply to open our eyes. That is; we must learn to be present in every minute of the day.

Listen, it’s not hard to find diversity in our local context. Diversity is all around us. The hard part is acknowledging it.

For those of us who work in an urban context, how many homeless people do you pass on your way to work each day?

For those who work in more rural areas, how many neighbors do you drive by on your way to work? How many of them do you know on a deeper-than-acquaintance level?

The same questions could be asked to those of us living in cities as well.

How well do we know our neighbor?

We looked at how Christ showed us how to love our neighbor. We should understand that our neighbor–as the number one command from Jesus states–means we love every human being as we love ourselves.

We must love our neighbor no matter how much they stink; no matter how annoying; and no matter how different they are from us.

We often put up blinders to help us make it through the day. Loving our neighbor takes time and effort, two things we would rather keep to ourselves.

However, being present doesn’t allow us to hide any longer.

To be present means that one is aware of his or her situation and who’s around. Take this moment to be present. What do you notice? Who do you notice? Think back through your day as if you were present throughout. What greater insight do you gain?

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