Diversity is not her jam

Are you tired of the insincere rhetoric yet?

She says: “Diversity is our jam. Judgment is our enemy. Encouragement is our aim.”

What a nice sentiment. If you’ll argue with that, you’re obviously judgmental.

She goes on to say she wants to “fully love and accept you and want to hang out with you if you’re a Christian or Muslim or Jewish or Buddhist or Jedi or love the opposite sex or love the same sex or love Rick Springfield circa 1983. Not only that, but I think the ability to seek out community with people who are different from me makes me a stronger, better version of myself.”

Admirable. And true, as far as it goes.

But then she adds: “There are so many different versions of each and every style on this planet. There is beauty in that dichotomy. The kingdom of God is in that dichotomy.”

Except God didn’t create most of our “styles.”

Jesus loved everyone as they were (and still does). But he loved them enough to not leave them in their brokenness. He loved the religious hypocrites enough to tell them to repent. He loved the immoral and unethical enough to call them to repentance as well.

You won’t find Jesus saying — then or now — “Hey, whatever your style is. It’s all good. The kingdom of God is in you being you. Walk your own path.”

I promise you: Diversity is not her jam. Because in the next sentence she draws a line and puts judgment on the other side. If she sincerely believes in diversity, how can there be an enemy?

Even the most tolerant soul knows some things cannot be tolerated. Their list may be different from yours, but they have a list. It doesn’t take three seconds to identify where they draw the line. Everyone judges something as over the line.

God made a diverse world, and we cannot and must not expect everyone to be “just like me.” But God created the world to work in a certain way, and he does not endorse our ignoring his ways. He created us to walk in his paths of justice and righteousness, and he does not overlook our insistence in walking in our own ways.

So love your neighbor. Hey, even love the judgmental ones. But don’t pretend something is OK when God has said it is wrong. If you truly love your friends, don’t let them be deceived.

Don’t think you are righteous because you are for diversity. Jesus’ jam is repentance for everyone: “I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” (Luke 5:32 NLT)

What Jesus offers is freedom from the present you and the gift of an entirely new you, following him in God’s ways and showing others how to find freedom from their brokenness too.

About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle/grandfather, hiker, writer/editor, snapshooter
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