Monday, January 21, 2008

Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a day off for many.

Did your church do anything yesterday in that regard? Should it have done something?

If so, what?

What should be the role of the church with regard to issues related to ethnic diversity and harmony?

Should the seminaries do more in this regard?

Personally, I hate the the more "liberal" theologically have smoked us more conservative types like a cheap cigar in promoted the truth that our membership in the body of Christ transcends all other boundaries.

Because of that truth, our familial relationship should enable us to worship together and love each other, regardless of ethnicity.

Why is that not the case?

I happen to think that the church growth movements and other "helpful" organizations can be a hindrance here.

Whether it's the encouragement of homogeneity in church, targeting a particular type of people, or training people (perhaps even ignorantly so) to pastor a "white church" or a "black church" or an "ethic church" (whatever that might mean).

As we celebrate as a nation, I wonder why do don't do much (if anything) to celebrate and/or commemorate as a church.

I'd like to see churches get to work on this Not tomorrow, not after breakfast ... NOW!


Jared Nelson said...

Ouch and Amen. It seems the more our churches want to "attract" people using the culture, the more we attract one subculture that likes that "culture." I don't even think about it or how to change the fact that all my past churches have all been very white and very white in their target audience. Reminds me of Derek Webb's song "I Repent." The hard thing would be saying, instead of a church that looks like me, I want a church that looks like Rev 5:9-10: And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from EVERY TRIBE and language and PEOPLE and NATION, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth."

GUNNY said...

"I want a church that looks like Rev 5:9-10"

You said it, brother!