One of the hot topics in the media and in boardrooms around the world today is diversity. That word can mean different things to different people and can also raise the question, “Is moving toward diversity really the goal?" Or should it be unity in diversity?
Here’s a picture that the Apostle John gives us in the Book of Revelation.
"After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe
and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb …
And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God
who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:9-10)
They had become united, but it doesn’t say that they all became alike. They were from “every nation and tribe and people and language.” This is the very definition of diversity. Now add to that Jesus’ words and teaching from the Lord’s Prayer: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” In light of this, here are some questions to consider:
How might you make room for others? There will always be room for those who make room.
What is your personal commitment to not just talk about this, but to also live it out?
What practical steps does your company or organization—or you personally—need to take to truly experience “unity in diversity”?
What is your sense of the barriers that may exist to this in your current environment or culture?