"The apostles continued to bear powerful witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and an abundance of grace was at work among them all."
At the Nett we embrace diversity by casting a net for all nations. As a church, our goal is to make sure that our acceptance of diversity extends beyond our church walls. Christians spend the season of Advent preparing for Christmas. However, the month of December also shares holidays across many religions and cultures. Embracing diversity includes being respectful of all cultures as we seek to be conduits of God's grace.
I believe that it is important to consider our approach to sharing God's message.
While I was in college, I met many people who were turned off by the way the message is delivered. A perfect example of this is the discord between those who say Happy Holidays and those who insist on Merry Christmas. Too often I have heard of the phrase "Merry Christmas" being hurled as an angry response to "Happy Holidays" as if they had been insulted. While Happy Holidays may be presented as a 'safe' non-secular season greeting, "holiday" remains a term that means "holy day". Our response to this simple holiday greeting can an affect the people around us. Sometimes it can just be the tone of voice that makes all the difference. We are conduits of God's grace, our actions, words and attitudes are all help share His grace with others.
Prayer: Lord, Let us be conduits of your grace. Guide our thoughts and actions. Help the words that come out of our mouths pass along your words. Amen.