Sticking with football – my favorite sport - a problem would also come if Jonathan didn’t know what the quarterback did, or could do. Or if the wide receiver didn’t know who the quarterback was, or what he was supposed to do. A successful football team is made up of players who not only know who they are, but who also know who everyone else is.

Without an authentic self-awareness, African-Americans often struggle as we seek to play on the same team toward the same goal in the body of Christ. But just as relevant is the need for awareness among my white brothers and sisters concerning who we are, and who God has created and positioned us to be at this critical time in our world.

When we intentionally familiarize ourselves with each other in such a way that enables us to embrace our diversity to its fullest, we put unity to use for good. As we do that – as we knowledgeably serve side by side – there will be no stopping what we can do together in the name of Jesus Christ.

[1] Romans 16:17

[2] Ephesians 2:14-15

[3] Ephesians 2:16

[4] Ephesians 2:13

[5] Ephesians 4:3

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. The first African-American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), Dr. Evans served as an associate professor in DTS’ Pastoral Ministries Department in the areas of evangelism, homiletics and black church studies. Through his local church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, and national ministry, The Urban Alternative, Dr. Evans promotes a Kingdom agenda philosophy that teaches God’s comprehensive rule over every sphere of life as demonstrated through the individual, family, church and society. Visit his website at

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Publication date: March 30, 2011