In God’s purpose and plan, He has purchased for Himself individuals from every tribe, language, people, and nation (Revelation 5:9-10). God is a Trinity, and scripture instructs the community of believers to model its relationships after God’s unified plurality (John 17:20-23; Ephesians 4:1-6). While uniqueness should be celebrated, unified identity for all believers is found in Christ (Ephesians 2:19-22; Galatians 3:26-28).
Unity with God and others is at the very core of the Gospel message; Christ offers redemption through His perfect life and sacrificial death. The importance of building unity in a diverse community is paramount as CVCA seeks to Educate and Cultivate Servants for Christ. CVCA values ethnic diversity (Acts 17:26, Colossians 3:11), socio-economic diversity (James 2:1-9), and spiritual and academic gifting diversity (Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 25:14-30; Ephesians 4:11-13). These values are not based on human wisdom but founded on the infallible truth of Scripture. The ability to demonstrate unity amidst healthy diversity bears public witness to the redeeming work of Jesus.
Every human being has inherent dignity because human beings are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). The value of each person is, therefore, intrinsic rather than based upon a person’s ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, or gifts and abilities. Ethnic, class, gender, and ability prejudice is wrong. It is a form of self-righteousness and a means of feeling worthy based upon our own merits; it is a denial of the very principle of grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Reconciliation is the heart of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 5:11-21), and the transforming power of the Gospel is sufficient to conquer deep divisions of prejudice and racism. As individuals within the CVCA community grow in understanding God’s love for them, they are able to exercise true love for others (1 John 4:10-11; Mark 12:29-31). A biblical community like CVCA should be marked by compassion, sympathizing with others’ perspective and experience (Colossians 3:12-14).