From Exclusion to Inclusion: One Body
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. ~ I Corinthians 12:12-13
We are still on this journey that Paul describes.
I mean, we are already there in one sense: we are all members of one body. We are all one family. One in Christ.
All creatures of God.
But we don't live as if we know it a lot of the time.
That's the journey we are still on. That's why there are still movements of justice and civil rights for blacks, the poor, refugees, LGBTQ+ individuals, and women. Because as much as we might say we know we are one...
Our daily lives don't always bear that out.
As a white person I still have privileges that my black and brown siblings do not. My journey includes recognizing that and trying to change that.
As a US citizen, I haven't had to flee my home because of violence and I have rights that refugees in this country do not. How can I help them?
As someone who lives in a suburban, upper-middle class neighborhood, I don't have to worry about a roof over my head or where my next meal will come from. But many of those I encounter do. What do I do to alleviate their suffering?
As one who is heterosexual and cis-gendered, I don't face stigma or persecution. Do I speak up for those who do?
As a woman, however, I have encountered that feeling of not being included as part of the "one." I have been paid less than male counterparts. I have been sexually harassed and made to feel unsafe.
We still have a way to go on this journey. Knowing we are "one" only gets us so far. We've got to do our part to make sure our neighbor actually gets included in that one-ness.
- Are there ways in which you can more actively advocate for a group that often gets left out of "oneness?"
- Have you ever felt excluded in God's oneness?
Holy One, lead me, push me, pull me, prompt me along this journey of faith. Keep my footsteps sure and my eyes fixed on the places you would send me. Amen