I need to tell you something. Someone recently asked how I can feel so connected to atheists, agnostic, backsliders, sinners, Jews, Buddhists, and so on. Itâ€™s because at the root of my theology, my thoughts about God and life, is the belief that, somehow, Jesus is the center of all things. Somehow, even though I canâ€™t see it, nor can they, I am connected to all people through Jesus and that all people are somehow connected to me through Jesus, no matter where we are spiritually, theologically, religiously, denominationally, racially, sexually, intellectually, sociallyâ€¦ whatever! I see us all like planets orbiting around Jesus. Some seem close, only to be flung into outer space for a time. Some seem far away, only to be pulled close suddenly. In the universe of all things, he is the center.
And this is why I see church the way I do. I automatically think the church should reflect, not this possibility, but this reality! This is why I struggle for unity in diversity. Not because I want some lovey-dovey community feeling, but because this is how things really are. â€œIn him all things hold togetherâ€ (Colossians 1: 17).