Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Psalm 67:7 (NLT)
7 Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.
An email about inclusivity ame out at work last week and I thought it was interesting that all the groups represented were very narrowly defined. Gender, color, culture, sexual orientation, etc. I was struck by how exclusive the groups were in the names of inclusion. Maybe I’m dumb because I just don’t get it. I didn’t feel included – as a matter of fact, I felt specifically excluded. There’s no place in the message for me.
What are we going to do about getting along? Is there a right and wrong? Shouldn’t we be concentrating on stewarding our human, environmental and capital resources to the betterment of all societies, cultures, genders, sexual orientations? Is there a right and wrong we need to use as guidelines? Is it OK to disagree with the direction we’re going? I don’t believe the answer is yes, so I really am excluded in the name of inclusion. I need to just keep my narrow thoughts to myself in the face of far greater knowledge and wisdom about what’s right.
We’re paving the road to the future with egg shells. A utopia run by fear of stepping wrong. Where only a certain few decide what is right.
This is not God’s way – he has given us a far broader message of love and inclusivity within boundaries. He has given us love and the responsibility to care for.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT)
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NLT)
4 And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.