June 24, 2020 at 6:00 AM
Luke Society Communications Director Dan Breen interacts with a group of children outside Segou, Mali.
By Dan Breen
One of the remarkable aspects of the Luke Society is the unity that binds us together despite our stark diversity. We are people from different continents, cultures and backgrounds, using medicine as a divinely-ordained tool to spread the Gospel.
Diversity is beautiful. It doesn’t tear the Luke Society apart, it brings us together. We grasp hands to strengthen and encourage one another through the power of the Holy Spirit and in the blood of Jesus Christ.
Our family is as racially diverse as you’ll find. Black and White; African and Asian; Latino and Filipino. Each one is precious in God’s sight. Each one adds to the colorful tapestry of humble, servant-leaders we support.
But diversity goes beyond skin color. We celebrate it through the variety of ministry focuses within the Luke Society. It extends from clinical care and surgeries to community health and addiction support. Directors are helping the handicapped, the impoverished the widows and infants.
We have ministries working in jungles and deserts. Some are located high in the mountains, others along the low-land beaches.
They’re directed by men and women. Some single, some married. We have new parents and soon-to-be retirees. One has been a director for 37 years; another is starting her second month.
In our current era, when some use every element of diversity to drive a wedge between us, the Luke Society chooses to celebrate what makes us different. In fact, we realize this is only a foretaste of all eternity as we gather in worship around the throne of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 7:9-10 depicts the scene in HD clarity as “a great multitude that no one could count from every nation, tribe people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.” In one accord, all cry out, “salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
As Christians we are left with two options. And to make it even easier, it’s not an either-or scenario. Both are acceptable. Either we can be blinded to our differences and embrace each other as loved children of God, or we can recognize the differences, celebrate them and embrace each other as loved children of God.
Passing the written test, of course, is easy. The bigger challenge is passing the action test as we meet others on the street, hear them on television or read about them in the news. Make the decision today to embrace the world God created around us. We pray that as you do, others will witness the love of Jesus acted out in your lives and desire to show more Christlike love themselves.