Homogeneity, the quality or state of being the same or having a similar kind or nature, is often an unfortunate, even lamentable impediment to prudent and necessary change.
Ironically, homogeneity is more often an illusion than a reality.
I spent last evening with a wonderful, gracious, Godly group of people who seem remarkably homogeneous. You see, they appear to be the same in so many ways. In fact, if you asked them, they’d likely say, “Yes, we’re a lot alike.” As a result, these people can comfortably chat or sit in silence, pray or sing, and reminisce or plan. They've done this for years and I love them for this; I treasure these people.
Still, move beyond generalities and common topics to explore these individuals’ understandings, notions, and preferences about Christian praxes; such things as worship, arts, social justice, or evangelism and you'll soon discover a great diversity exists among these apparently homogeneous people. This too I love about these people.
You see, once we get past the surface stuff, people are far more different from each other than they may appear upon first meeting or when interacting at commonly experienced levels of contact.
Next week I intend to write about the self-imposed limitations that Christian communities and individuals experience as a direct result of what I propose is manufactured homogeneity. The problem is that these self-imposed limitations can keep us from what God calls us to experience in him and within Christian community. I’ll also present why such self-imposed limitations diminish our Christian witness. I hope you'll join me in exploring how to remove some of what tends to get in our pathways upward.
God's calling us all to higher ground.