Is Unity Possible?
In a world that is consistently drawing more and more lines of division in the sand, it is more important now than ever for Christians to talk openly and honestly about the reconciliation that Christ brings and should seek to model this oneness within the body of Christ.
As one who is involved in a gospel-centered multi-cultural church plant (www.gracealive.church), this book really drew me in. Many would acknowledge that we are still in many ways divided by race and culture in our society and even still within the church (1.), and there are many different theories and suggestions on how to address this segregation. What made Deidra so refreshing was that this book was simply her sharing her heart as she recalls various episodes in her own life while meditating on Scriptural principles.
If I had to boil what I liked about this book down to one thing, it would be how Deidra takes the two greatest commandments of loving God and loving neighbor and calls the reader to simply listen and love. Although Deidra does share some practical tips on pursuing reconciliation, she does not lay out a detailed step by step process but simply calls us to listen to and empathize with each other. Deidra strives to go to the heart of the issue before getting to the solution. As I finished reading, I could not help but think that when our hearts are truly transformed by the amazing grace of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:13-18), the solution may not be far behind. May God grant us to see gospel-centered unity in a divided world beginning with the local church.
Note: I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
(1.)”Marinate on this sad reality: only 13.7 percent of churches in America are multiethnic. 14 This means that 86.3 percent churches are homogeneous. And here’s more to be sad about: churches are ten times more segregated than the neighborhoods they are in and twenty times more segregated than the nearby schools. 15″
Gray, Derwin L. (2015-09-15). The High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World (pp. 15-16). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.