Diversity, equity and inclusion departments have been created in government agencies, universities, businesses and other institutions for the stated purpose of being fair and impartial for all people. Humans have many admirable ideals that we strive for that can never be fully realized, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying.
In God we find the full realization of diversity, equity and inclusion. Excerpts from Genesis 1:26-31 inform us that God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over…(all his creation).
Being created in God’s image is best understood in the person of Jesus Christ who said “He who has seen me has seen the father:” But then Adam and Eve disobeyed God marring God’s image in every human being with sin. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
So God created human beings in his image and delegated authority and responsibility to us to steward his creation for which we will be held accountable to see that we govern so all his creation is fruitful and prospers. Every human life is inherently sacred with meaning, purpose and identity, but we are deeply marred by and enslaved to sin for which we, in ourselves, have no remedy.
But the Bible tells us “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus” and “If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” and “whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
The Bible also tells us that God is “no respecter of persons,” that he shows no partiality. He judges every person justly, not favoring neither the rich nor the poor, according to his righteous standards such as found in the Ten Commandments and the sermon on the mount. God’s kingdom is therefore perfect in diversity, equity and inclusion because it applies equally to all people, everywhere in his creation, throughout all eternity.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Jesus paid the price for our sin. It is a gift that we get to receive at no cost to us. This is perfect diversity, equity and inclusion for all who yearn for these ideals.