Finding Unity in Diversity in the Christian faith tradition
I think its a great question. I think it reflects the human personality….human personalities are diverse and creative and have unique perspectives.
All organizations have to figure out how to balance unity and diversity–to strike their own balance for the idea of “E Pluribus Unum” which adorns our money and stands as a credo of sorts for our American experiment.
There is a decent range of options for worship styles, outreach, service, and community affirming and building.
So, not unlike the American experiment and indeed the broader human one…Churches come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. This allows people to find churches which better fit them and their belief system.
Here are three self-reflective questions which provide direction in the midst of diversity:
1) Is it focused on God versus something else? In other words does it help us focus on Him and what he values?
2) Can it help us be better Christians?
3) Does it help with our overall mission to save souls here on earth?
I would echo the call to listen to the words of Ephesians: “There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph 4:4-6). It doesn’t say there is one worship style….or one X. It has very specific outlining of where we as Christians can and should ideally find unity, similarity, and identity in common with other Christians.