Jesus Loves Diversity

Jesus loves everyone–even people who are different from us, look different from us, love differently from us.  There is just ONE RULE– LOVE–and there are literally NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule! 

This is the moral imperative that leads our lives and why this is the leading teaching principle of Jesus:

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

If we bring our best selves and the teachings of Jesus to diversity topics, we can reach compassionate understanding instead of rejection of what may be different from us because Jesus loves ALL of us, meaning not just straight, white christians, but also the LGBTQ community, minorities, immigrants, believers of other faiths.

  • He says we are to “love one another as [he has loved us].” John 15:12.
  • He asks, “If you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Mathew 5:47.
  • John 4:20 says, “If anyone says ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
  • He says: “If anyone says ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar.”
  • And Leviticus 19:18 commands,  “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

And he says “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9.

Diversity is also actually better for business and for the economy!!

A recent Boston Consulting Group study suggests ‘that increasing the diversity of leadership teams leads to more and better innovation and improved financial performance. In both developing and developed economies, companies with above-average diversity on their leadership teams report a greater payoff.

For company leaders, this is a clear path to creating a more innovative organization. People with different backgrounds and experiences often see the same problem in different ways and come up with different solutions, increasing the odds that one of those solutions will be a hit. In a fast-changing business environment, such responsiveness leaves companies better positioned to adapt.

People with different backgrounds and experiences often see the same problem in different ways and come up with different solutions, increasing the odds that one of those solutions will be a hit.’

There are a lot of studies that show this.  Here is a link to a few more.

But be careful with this reasoning and do not lose sight of the moral imperative of love Jesus warns us about people who worship money.  He says: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. “You cannot serve God and money.”  Matthew 5:24