Pastor Troy Murphy said in his message on Sunday, April 18 that we must embrace diversity based on 1 Corinthians 12.14, which says: Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
What does that mean in practical terms? Troy said it starts with believers getting away from the idea that they should hang out with people who look like them, talk like them, think like them, vote like them, etc.
That type of mindset leads to what is today commonly known as "cancel culture," which is when one person rejects another because of something they have said or done that offends them.
Troy said that when you engage in cancel culture, that's the opposite of what Jesus taught. Here are four negative results of cancel culture:
*Increases your personal status. In other words, it opposes putting others first. It makes you most important.
*Tears down the status of enemies. Jesus said we are to love our enemies, not tear them down.
*Strengthens bonds with "agreeables." We tend to gather with people who are like us.
*Forces enemies to reveal themselves. This leads to a very judgmental attitude toward others.