The notions of equality and diversity come directly from the Bible. Read on to see how God intends the church (and us) to behave. This passage from Paul written to the church in Corinth reminds us that the religious leaders of the time rejected Jesus because He didn’t look or act like they expected. It also assures us that, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, our relationship with the Father is restored. By extension, this enables us to have right relationships with each other, regardless of superficial differences such as skin color, finances, or background.
Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. (2 Corinthians 5:17 MSG)