Though crammed into a mere 30 minutes, UnLearn 365 Chapel still managed to have a huge impact. Joella Ranaivoson led the majority of the discussion, speaking on the necessity of diversity. In her presentation, Pastor Ranaivoson gave three reasons for why we ought to care about diversity and inclusion:
1. We are image bearers of God
2. Jesus said so
3. Diversity is the vision of the kingdom of God
In being image bearers, we all reflect the image of God. To tarnish the image of God in another person through racism or xenophobia is a sin. For her second reason, Pastor Ranaivoson referred back to Jesus’ commandment to love God and love your neighbor as yourself. She explained that, in order to have a positive relationship with God (your vertical relationship), you must first have a positive relationship with those around you (your horizontal relationships). These relationships are intricately intermingled and should not be separated from one another. Pastor Ranaivoson justified her third reason using Revelation 7:9 —
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”
She concluded that the best ways to care about diversity are to ask tough questions and learn to be uncomfortable. Chapel finished with a Ghanaian praise dance followed by Korean worship. I personally am very appreciative of Calvin’s continual striving to incorporate worship from all different backgrounds. Even with only a glimpse of worship from Korea and Ghana, I already felt slightly more appreciative of the diversity of praise around the world.
Watch the service for yourself here.