Why should I care about crime, hatred, murders, homelessness, starvation, incarceration… when I don’t know these people? Does the injustice done to a person in another neighborhood or part of the country affect me? If I give my money to help international refugees, why is it important to get to know them?
These are some of the questions that can come up in Multiethnic Conversations (MEC). A recent class of 24 people, from Mosaic and Woodcrest in Columbia, Missouri, tackled these questions together during a four week MEC class. These questions matter because we are family.
This morning at Mosaic, we celebrate baptism with men, women and children who are now part of our family and the larger body of Christ. Much like members of the same household, we must work through difficult questions together. When we listen to each other, we learn and grow in our ability to love.
Jesus lived alongside His disciples in a distinctive way. While He taught crowds, He patiently showed His smaller group of disciples a way that would help them live out the gospel. He loved them, challenged them, and stretched them.
The Church is a family. We are to care about the things that trouble our brothers and sisters, working to listen and understand, so that we can walk, work, and worship together as one.