Within our world – the perfect and pristine seems to be treasured above all…
Sure, there are those who seek out the ‘scratch and dent’ items in order to save a few dollars – all the while figuring out a way to hide or cover over the blemish when the ‘treasure’ becomes a part of their collection.
But what of the broken people?
Is there a place for them?
In fact, the truth is: I’m broken. You’re broken. We’re all broken. We’re a people who wear scars, display damage and harbor hurts – though we go to great lengths to conceal as best we can. We somehow believe that our brokenness isolates us.
We also lean into our diverse stories and somehow allow those to create classes or containers of separation. We end up ranking our stories, our backgrounds – creating elaborate systems by which to categorize who fits where and who belongs with whom. Throughout the human existence, we’ve sought to segregate and create classifications.
But, it is the reality of our human brokenness that is our unifying connection with one another. Something we all share, even though the elements of our stories will vary.
It is somehow the beauty within our brokenness and our created worth that drove God to send a Savior to rescue all people and create a new community that includes and rally’s people together – instead of our natural tendency to exclude and segregate them.
The Apostle Paul invites ‘the Church’ to respond to a divine calling to be a collection of people united by brokenness through Christ. No longer separated by sin, race, gender, brokenness or story, by social economic class, educational achievement or anything else. A gathering of followers united by the ONE who saves them and not divided by the variances that used to separate them.
26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. ~Galatians 3:26-28 (NLT)
Thomas Cahill, in his book Desire of the Everlasting Hills, states that what Paul wrote in Galatians 3:28 is the first instance in the history of world literature of an argument for the equality of all human beings. Not Plato, Aristotle or any Greek philosopher or other writers, scholars, thinkers of antiquity innovated the idea. The equality of all humankind finds its literary genesis in Galatians 3:28.
It’s the work of Christ to bring to the forefront the beautiful equality that exists within a broken humanity. That ALL are welcome to find salvation, hope and renewal within Him. That He is the one who can rally an incredibly diverse people into a divinely unified people.
We might all be scratched and dented people. We may all have diversity to our stories. But we ALL are invited to bring our brokenness to a God who can heal and help unite His followers together.
That is the call of the Church: to be a place where the broken find a home and a healing Savior. To be a place where ALL people are valued and knit together under the unifying power and leadership of Jesus.
That’s a church that is able to speak into a broken world and find relational traction within a searching people.