For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. -1 Corinthians 12:13(NIV)
Unity is not easy. There is a reason for the old adage “birds of a feather flock together” – it is in our nature to gravitate toward others who are just like us. Those who spend like us, agree with us, or who could be the mirror image of “us” make us feel happy, unchallenged and safe. However, our God expects us to reach beyond what is easy and to grasp what is right. It is not important that we look like each other, but that we look like HIM. He requires diversity within His unity for our own good, for our combined strength and for our enduring joy. During Black History Month, we celebrate African-American ministers, songwriters and lay persons that have particularly added to the unity of the Church of God and our fellowship. Praise God for the Oneness in Christ!