On March 3, 1991, Rodney King was brutally beaten by police officers in Los Angeles California and several days after the beating, he invoked a simple question that spoke to the depth and consciousness of a nation rooted in racism. His question was simply – “Can’t we all just get along?” That self-examining question posed some 24-years ago proves to be a relevant question that still needs answering. From Ferguson Missouri to Baltimore Maryland. From Cleveland Ohio to Charleston South Carolina, that question still demands answers today because it seems as if humanity still struggles with living together. Whether we incline our ear, or our heart, the fact is that our continued division is a manifestation of our inability, and reluctance, to move beyond our differences.
Whether our differences are social, political, denominational, socioeconomic, educational or historical, we have yet to show that we can get along and achieve positive results. When we scan the canvas of our present conditions, we see that the rainbow of diversity has greatly increased while the cohesion that clings the rainbow together has seemingly lost its bond. While many people view our differences as excuses or hindrances, God views our differences as opportunities. God views diversity as the incubator for new possibilities. God sees differences as opportunities for the church to make its mark on the world. God views diversity as a vehicle by which the church will radically alter the world’s perception.
God uses diversity to show a dying world that it’s possible to come together and accomplish something meaningful and positive. God uses diversity to teach us that it is possible to come together, work together, plan together, laugh together, cry together and even live together. God has assembled a group of people called the church to show the world how diversity can breed harmony, singleness of vision and a unified purpose. The church has been organized to show the world that out of diversity can come hope, forgiveness, peace, oneness and power. Our coming together and staying together can only be achieved by our willingness to embrace the value that each person has to offer to the make-up of God’s universe.
No one has everything, but everybody has something to offer and once we accept and embrace this truth, only then will we begin to make any headway into moving forward. As you gather this Holiday season with family and friends, ask yourself the tough question: “Can’t we all just get along?”