I had a recent conversation about the diversity and acceptance of people in our small house church. We have a mix of people in our group: different backgrounds and different socioeconomic statuses. Among us are business owners, teachers, hair stylists, physician assistants, and computer programmers. One of our members has recently become a judge. Like, a full-on black robes, making life-impacting-decisions-multiple-times-a-day kind of a judge. In any number of our meetings the weight of his words, and the weight of my words (a barista at starbucks) is the same. In most churches, this alone is pretty rare. We have such a Greco-roman influence throughout the centuries, that in most christian groups, whoever has the most education and/or the most money, has the most influence. Which of course is a tragedy ala James 2 and the general flavor of Jesus’ time on Earth.
So in speaking about this with my friend (who is also a part of the group), I remarked at how wonderful it was, and his response was PERFECT: “yeah well I think we all know each other too well to give anyone too much credit.” In other words, no one is perfect and no one is put on a pedestal. We all have strengths and weaknesses. Having a culture in which there is a shared humility takes time, and only by being involved in each other’s lives can such an attitude of acceptance and love be grown.
…aaaaaaand, since its election day, here is the only thing I’ve written online about the 2016 presidential election: I truly don’t know who most of the people in my group voted for, or even if they voted at all. I can guess a few since I’m involved in some of their lives to a greater or lesser degree, but its never been the focus of any of our corporate meetings. Quite refreshing from some other congregations I’ve been in in my life. We focus on Jesus; sweet, abundant, eternally secure Jesus!