READ : 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free. (v. 13)
In the globalized world we live in today, most technology is not culture-specific.
People all around the world use similar cell phones, televisions, video games, and
computers. Technology makes the world smaller. And many fear that it is destroying
diversity. Certainly much is lost when cultures start to become more and more alike. The
Bible never says that all believers must be the same. But it does say that diverse people
with different gifts are parts of one body of Christ. And it foresees a time when people
of every race, language, and culture are part of the redeemed people of God.
So, what if technology could provide commonalities and celebrate diversity at the same
time? I think this is especially possible in education. When I was growing up, our school
had pen-pals from around the world. We received letters and a few pictures from time to
time and it was fun, though I didn’t come away with much new knowledge or insight about a
foreign place or people. Today, though, communication technology can allow students to
share more than just an occasional letter or photo. Imagine students using video and web
conferencing to share customs, traditions, food, family, homes, transportation – the
list could go on and on. Only when we celebrate the diversity of God’s human family do we
really see glimpses of the body of Christ.
Lord, may we always remember that we are one body.