Apr 7, 2010

Diversity & Inclusion

I received an e-mail last night from one of my company's plant managers in Texas.  He was telling everyone that he had accepted the assignment to “Champion” Diversity & Inclusion for our business here in the U.S.  He went on to say that he had volunteered for the assignment because he is passionate about D&I.  I'm sometimes skeptical about company initiatives, because they often appear to only be the flavor of the month (or year) so to speak. As I thought about this further, however, it occurred to me that the God of the Bible is truly passionate about Diversity and Inclusion.

The apostle John was given a vision of a future scene in heaven in which many people are praising Jesus. Describing what he saw he says, "And they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation (Rev. 5:9).'"  Now that's Diversity! No people group on earth will be left out.

God is not only passionate about Diversity, but He's also passionate about Inclusion.  The Apostle Paul tells us that God our Savior "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:4)."  He doesn't want anyone left out.  Salvation, i.e., eternal life, is available to everyone.  You see "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16)." Eternal life is freely available to all.  God desires to include everyone.  To be included, one needs only to believe in Jesus as the guarantor of eternal life..

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