Christians and Exclusivity

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To preface: this post has more bite than usual because it’s a topic I’m very passionate about: exclusivity.

Today is a special edition of Devotional Diva! This hiatus isn’t turning out to be much of a hiatus, is it? And we normally don’t even have posts on Mondays! Well, I just had to get this up today because this topic has been burning in my heart – and also because it coincides nicely with the publishing of my guest post on a pretty sweet blog called The Laundry Moms.

 

 First of all, the post on TLM means a lot to me because it’s sort of a tribute to my mom. I’ve been working on it for weeks, and I wanted to make sure it came out around her birthday (Happy birthday, Mom!) It’s also a testament to the ways God works. My mom (guided by God I am sure) kept encouraging me to keep writing, and now here I am! That’s what the post is about. TLM contacted me back in June to do a guest post and I was really excited! I love getting my writing out there. It’s pretty cool to feel that I can make a difference with my writing – I mean, that’s really my whole goal.

I love how sharing can help so many people. I love that Devotional Diva’s mission is exactly that.

Devotional Diva is giving me the chance to share and help people, and not just on DD’s platform. I’m actually going to be sharing my testimony at a recovery center in Southern California in the coming weeks because of a connection I made through Devotional Diva. When I was invited to share my testimony for an online Christian summit, I thought it was a great opportunity to spread God’s glory even more! I got on the phone with the director to get more information about the summit. She said my powerful message would fit great with their mission. I figured it was a done deal. After explaining their “requirements,” she asked a couple casual questions about my blog stats and social media followers. That’s when she told me my numbers weren’t up to snuff, and she basically uninvited me. I shook it off, because it wasn’t any skin off my back. I’m going through Renee’s Faithbook of Jesus right now, and the night after that phone call, I was on Tuesday of week three. The message was about exclusivity:

“When Jesus rolled into town with his entourage, he wasn’t looking for some exclusive membership for the highest of society.”

Then it hit me. A Christian group excluded me from sharing God’s word and my testimony that they knew would inspire Christian women…because I didn’t have enough followers for their standards.

The director told me that if they didn’t have that requirement in some future event, then maybe I could participate. If the purpose of the summit was really to inspire Christian women, then you wouldn’t tell a person you invited to do it that they can’t because they don’t meet your social media standards.

Does the fact that I have less followers than some of the other speakers really make my testimony less powerful?

There is no exclusivity in being a Christian. Then why would we treat other Christians with exclusivity? I’ve seen this in so many other aspects of the Christian life — certain Bible studies or events only for the wives of pastors (as if our husband’s career has anything to do with our calling or ability to grow spiritually), the only opportunities for women in some churches being Sunday school teaching or childcare…there are so many exclusions. It’s so ridiculous to me! The things in life that bother me the most are injustice, judgment and things that are just illogical. Now I’m realizing that exclusion is really all of those things in a lot of cases. I’m going to spread God’s glory all over this earth no matter what. And I encourage you, no matter who you are, to do the same. You can check out more about becoming a guest poster on Devotional Diva on the Become a Diva page here. I’m so glad that The Laundry Moms included me. This way, my story can help more people!

Jesus includes everyone, and I think as Christians we should try to do the same. More inclusion, less exclusion.

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Comments

  1. Ceil says

    Hi Maggie! I am coming over from Wanda’s blog.
    Oh brother, what a terrible experience! You have the message and desire, yet it all comes down to numbers. Yikes. Makes you wonder why this place has those kinds of rules, doesn’t it? Maybe they care less about the message, and more about the traffic they will get from their speakers. Sigh…

    Don’t let it discourage you. You will find the right place for your voice, God will lead you to it. He won’t let you languish if you have a true heart for him. He can and will use you!
    Nice to meet you today :)
    Ceil

  2. says

    Hey Maggie, I just saw this post of yours and it kind of echoes
    my thought. I recently contacted a blog which topic is SO close to my heart,
    how to avoid premarital sex especially in this time when many Christian people
    participate in it, I wanted to share my story through a guest post. Although
    the owner accepts guest posts, she didn´t want to accept one from me. It´s
    basically fine with me, I respect her decision, but I wondered why. Is it
    because my site is new? Is it because I´m not from her religion? I agree with
    you, today´s religion and Christianity is about exclusivity but Jesus included
    everyone. A higher blog stats and a bigger readership shouldn´t be the
    requirements to inspire.

    I recently read the history about some early Protestants, as
    they branched out and started building their own churches, there were
    disagreements on some Bible interpretations. One protestant church hired a
    group of Bible scholars to review their church´s fundamental beliefs that were
    established by their founders after those were attacked by some critics. Yet
    many influential critics within and out their church dismissed the review of
    those scholars as biased and unreliable because they were NOT known Bible scholars.

    That made thinking; does that mean that only popular Bible
    scholars are guided by the Holy Spirit?

    Anyway, keep sharing God´s message, girl, and eventually many people will be inspired by your writings.

    Best,

    Glee
    Happy Sis

  3. says

    Oh no, Glee! That’s terrible. I’m sorry that happened. It’s very sad that people have these “standards!”

    Interesting with the protestant connection!!

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