1 Timothy 2:3-7
“This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” vss. 3-4
Early Christians were encouraged by their leaders to pray for everyone because those leaders believed that God desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. What had happened in Christ Jesus wasn’t just for a few but for all people. It’s important to maintain that universal dimension in our faith practices and not fall back into the notion that salvation is limited to those who have jumped through the proper hoops or who worship in a particular way. When we adopt that inclusive attitude toward others we are enabled to embrace folks of every tribe and nation without first having to make them clones of ourselves. We know that God loves them, works through them and is using them to establish the kingdom of peace throughout the world. They are our brothers and sisters, children of the same Creator, and God desires for all of us together to know and love the truth. One of the blessings of our multicultural age is that we’ve actually gotten to know some of these people who once seemed so strange and far away. There is incredible richness and variety among the children of God, and when we can celebrate our solidarity, goodness abounds for all.
Thought for the Day: Why is multiculturalism a good thing?