The phrase “melting pot” came into general usage after the presentation of the 1908 play of the same name came out. It was used as a metaphor to describe the United States. The US was seen as a fusion of nationalities, cultures and ethnicities, a homogeneous society in spite of its diverse immigration patterns.
But those who know cooking understand that when you put items such as spices, meats, broth etc. into a pot, the food does not “melt” together but mixes with the rest to strike up combinations that are hopefully very tasty!
The oil, ghee, cumin seeds, ginger root, garam masala and tumeric I mix and heat up in a pan, don’t become less than what each began, but instead are enhanced by the other flavors and retains its own to help the other ingredients taste even more delicious.
This is what America has become – a stew pot of all kinds of ingredients. Added together, they season the entire meal with so many different, interesting and tasty flavors.
This is what the church must become. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said the most segregated hour in the US is Sunday morning at church time. Unfortunately, for most churches this remain true. Some have managed to overcome segregation environment, but many remain homogenous communities usually within very heterogeneous neighborhoods.
But like the Apostle Paul wrote, the church is made up of all different kinds of parts. (1 Corinthians 12) If one is missing it stresses the whole body. The organism can survive and live, perhaps even thrive but at what cost?
Dear God, you created each of us in your own image. Help us to live as one body with Christ as our head. Let us see diversity as you do, as a strength and not as a burden. Help us to cook with all your children in the kitchen, knowing that for once too many cooks can’t spoil the pot! Amen.