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Monday, July 15, 2019

Bigger than all of us

About once per week I have been in the habit of taking a look at the audience of this blog's readers and have been amazed and encouraged that people all over the world have come across it. I only hope that God will work through me (whether because of me or in spite of me) to present something of benefit not just for the little part of the world where I live but for the world as a whole.

These are the countries, in no particular order, that have popped up as having viewed the blog:

Canada, France, Taiwan, United States, India, Germany, Israel, Ireland, China, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Czechia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Oman, Romania, and Uruguay according to the page-views tab in Blogger. There are also at least 24 views that are of "Unknown" geographic identity and 52 views that are unaccounted for; so, that probably means that there are people who logged in to view this blog from countries I have not listed above.

I find the geographic, ethnic, cultural, and national diversity that is represented in the readers of this blog to be challenging and at the same time highly encouraging!

Living into community with all that has life requires us to always be thinking bigger about community; bigger today than yesterday, bigger tomorrow than today.

If we truly want to live into community with all that has life on planet earth (including but not limited to the great diversity that exists within our human species-a huge challenge in and of itself!), we will find ourselves challenged again and again to think bigger than our culture and our ethnicity, bigger than our local, regional, and national identity...

In my mind and heart one of the awesome things about being a disciple of Jesus Christ is that Jesus invites us into just that kind of a radically inclusive expression of community; he calls it the Kingdom of God.

When Jesus invited his first disciples to live in a way that was faithful to the Good News of the Kingdom of God he invited them to be part of something that transcended all of the categories, yet recognized and fully welcomed the uniqueness of ethnicity and culture of the places to which they were sent.

As disciples of Jesus Christ today, we too are invited to celebrate and to praise God in the context of the unique qualities about our culture, ethnicity, local, regional, and national identity and to find unity that as co-laborers for the Kingdom of God we get to partner with God and with each other for the sake of hope, and of love, and of peace throughout this world.

As someone was born in the USA who grew up in Pittsburgh and has lived in Altoona, PA and Hollidaysburg, PA and is currently living in Wellsboro, PA, and whose ethnicity is Irish, German, Slovak, and Dutch, I want to celebrate the good things about my ethnic and cultural identity and I want to invest myself in the Kingdom of God which is so much bigger by praying that God would give me a heart and mind that is open to learning about and celebrating the expression of a great diversity of ethnicities and cultures!

I don't want my culture to be the dominant culture but simply for my culture to be one cultural expression among many through which the beloved community of disciples of Jesus Christ engages in praise and worship of God in unique and inspiring ways.

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