The title of this blog post comes from a blog by Ian Ebright on the Red Letter Christians blog. The final paragraph of that post reads as follows:
"The body of Christ is not intended to be a singular noise hummed by perfect people, but rather a full symphony performed by misfits, and that’s going to include some subtle tones that take a little extra effort to hear, and some sour notes that are initially uncomfortable. But God is speaking, also through people and in ways that we may not prefer."
You've probably heard the old adage that describes the church as a hospital for the broken and ill. I really like the imagery suggested by Ebright of a symphony performed by misfits, and the notion that we must make special efforts to ensure that everyone's voice (or musical notes in this context) is heard. Sour notes may be sounded, but that's preferable to excluding some from playing in the orchestra. The body of Christ is rich in its diversity, and is enriched spiritually when all of its members join in the song.