Community: Differentiation

“For union exists only between distincts… God created: He caused things to be other than Himself that, being distinct, they might learn to love Him, and achieve union instead of mere sameness.”

C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

I love the perspective that C.S. Lewis had – we can’t have unity or togetherness without there being an opportunity for division. God, in his infinite wisdom, made us different so that we may learn unity and love.

How differentiated is your community?

I believe that our core community, our people who we do life with every day, our accountability partners and mentors and biggest cheerleaders should be full-devoted followers of Christ if that’s what we are. But, other than that, how different are those you surround yourself with? Do you have different ages and races and histories represented? If my community were all white, middle-class, college-educated millennials then I would really be missing out!

In today’s tumultuous ideological climate it can seem hard to be in community with people who look different than you. It can be difficult when we have different philosophies or stances on issues. Those aren’t always easy to navigate, but it’s well worth trying. Because, when we open our arms to others, amazing opportunities are presented. When I’m with a group of friends and we’re all shades of the skin tone rainbow, we get some weird looks from people. But some of those moments have been precious opportunities to speak to people about race and community. Because we’re so different yet united, people ask questions, giving us a chance to share the love of God with them! What an amazing privilege!

Now, I’m not saying to go out there and find a token person of whatever race your friend group is missing, but to really look at the differences between your community and celebrate them. Celebrate the fact that you can all be together and passionately pursue God even though there are many opportunities for you to disagree.

God celebrates differentiation and when we choose unity where there’s opportunity for division, He is honored {tweet this}.


Download Community: You’re Welcome at the Table, a free PDF, at sarahjcallen.com/community

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