Recently I read an article that talked about the challenge of being the pastor of a “purple church”. The author described being in the middle of the overlapping “red” and “blue” circles that represent the two sides of our polarized political climate. And I understand that. In every church there are the right and the left, the conservative and the liberal, the red and the blue. Although some communities may seem to nurture one or the other, most churches are communities that include both. We are foolish if we assume that being a part of a community means universal agreement on all points, political or otherwise. And, choosing to see political parties that way perpetuates a broken model of community. Whether it is Jesus speaking with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42) or eating with tax collectors and sinners (Matt. 9:9-13) or Paul using the image of the body to teach about community (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) the Bible teaching about community is far more inclusive than exclusive.
“For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.” (1 Cor 12:13-14)
Maybe that makes us all purple. I don’t know. But many of us may remember the words to a Sunday School song from our childhood, although it’s not considered ‘politically correct’ anymore, it still reminds us that God loves all. “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
And He always will!