Who are you?
When people meet, they want to know who you are. Many of us are a bit shy and nervous about revealing much. Perhaps we worry about rejection because we are not smart enough, wealthy enough, or because we are the wrong nationality, color, or in the wrong line of work.
However, God loves us all. Stumbling blocks to us, such as race or culture, are not problems for God. God loves us all.
There are places, such as our international mission high school in Kingsville or our universities where people from many countries come together. By necessity, students from a variety of cultures come together to learn and live. They study together, eat together, and many times, worship together. They learn mutual respect and forbearance (the ability to put up with each other.) Those who were not a people are now a people, joined by common experiences, goals, and values.
The same can be true in our churches but is it? In our community, we are longing to live into this reality. The Christian church can be as multi-cultural and rich as the communities around it. It can stand out as the place where all people can be accepted and loved. This is what we long for.
We are a new people formed by water and Word. How do we live into this truth?
Here we practice an open table. Around the Lord’s Table, all believers may eat and drink the mystery of the faith. In Christ, there is no division. In God’s heart and house, there is radical acceptance. You are loved. Here you find peace for your soul.