4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
I’ve been attending a monthly pastor’s meeting for the last few months. Now the fact that I have meetings to attend is no big deal, but this meeting is one that was started four years ago in an effort to build bridges between the police and the African American community. Up until recently it had not included any Caucasian pastors, but I was invited so I went and have continued to attend. It is not because I want to somehow infiltrate the group, it is because I love my community and desire to understand and care for all its parts. I think the best attitude has been expressed by one of my dear friends, who just happens to have a skin color different than myself. Joe said it this way, “The time has come to stop talking about the black community, and just start talking about the community.” The key is that we don’t have a black city, a white city, a Hispanic city, and so on, we have a city, and this city needs to see all its parts as equal and valuable. God did not create us to be separated artificially from one another, He desires that we will discover that we all have value and together we can build a community that brings glory and honor to God, and become the Body of Christ as it has been meant to be. I certainly am not perfect, I have lots to learn and old attitudes that still need to be adjusted, but this is my commitment; I want to love like Christ loved and care for others as He did. I pray He will keep working on me so I can keep learning to love His people.