This summer, my husband Silas and I had an amazing opportunity to travel to London. Our trip to the U.K. was packed full of architectural wonders and historical masterpieces that filled my history nerd heart with such excitement, but one of the biggest highlights for me was attending a church service before we departed.
On our last day, Silas found a church called King’s Church. King’s Church seemed to be an awesome multisite church looking to reach the communities of London with the gospel and we were excited to check it out before left. So with our luggage in tow, we set out to make it to their Sunday service on time. We managed to find our location with a couple of minutes to spare (I now have a newfound appreciation for Apple maps since trekking through a foreign country with both of our phones on airplane mode).
After being greeted by friendly and genuine people and seeing a glimpse of some of things this church body had going on, I was pleased to be experiencing a church that had the same goals as mine. Reaching the lost and helping them to grow closer to our Savior. I was so thankful that the people that lived so far from me were being presented with the gospel in action. That alone would easily be more than enough to make the highlight reel of our trip.
However, what struck me the most about this experience, was the diversity I saw while joining this community for an hour and a half. I heard voices with different accents and people of all different skin colors and backgrounds praising the same God. I saw such a variety of people worshiping their God. Worshiping my God. This community was so beautifully diverse and it was such a powerful reminder to me that we, as Christians, all have the same God, no matter what we look like or what country we are from. The same God that loves all of His creation. The same God that invites all peoples to be co-heirs with His firstborn, Jesus Christ. The same God that is worthy of ALL of our praises.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. So if you belong to Christ, you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-28
Christ transcends ethnic and cultural distinctions. He transcends skillsets and socioeconomic status. He is above all and graciously invites us all into His family.
Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Colossians 3:11
I am in awe of our Savior that loves every person with the same undeserved and indiscriminate love. It is a beautiful love that transcends all distinctions and barriers. A love that can be seen when peoples of all nations and colors worship the same God together. A love that we can show to one another as one family of God.
Director of Spiritual Development / Central Church