I grew up in a racial tense culture just like everyone else.
I pray others can be clear about this issue. Once I accepted Christ into my heart I saw my brokenness equal with everyone else’s.
Once I accepted Christ I saw others with the same aspirations, desires, and passions as mine.
Oh, but once I accepted Christ I so longed to worship with my friends. You see, we are not different races, we are all one under Christ. What a blessing!
Division has a way of confusing those looking in. Think about it……
This blog is real and will get right to the point. I believe there isn’t enough time to beat around the bush.
Lives are hanging in the balance of Heaven and hell. The real message of Jesus Christ is being tainted with cultural norms.
Follow me, Jesus said.
You will not have a place to lay your head, Jesus said.
All people can believe, Jesus said.
Let’s be honest for a minute. Most large vibrant churches do an amazing job at incorporating all races in their worship services. It’s truly amazing to witness the Spirit of the Lord move among these churches.
I believe part of the reason these churches are doing so well is because of the different races incorporated in weekly worship services, and their heart for community no matter the skin color.
First of all, Jesus was most likely not caucasian. Interesting and thought provoking read here. Don’t believe all those cute white Jesus pictures.
We are talking about the middle east during Ancient Biblical times. Do some shallow research and you will find darker skin.
The cultural norms today were shaped in previous years. The sad part is that some of these cultural norms are shaped by falsely accounted history.
As the church, we should focus solely on Scripture and what it says about worship.
John 4:21-24: Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now
when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is here, , and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. spirit
Question: How Do We Fix This Apparent Divide?
(1) See the Spirit of truth, not color
The Spirit sees souls and so should we. If you want to experience the movement of God in a worship setting, attend a church where there are many different racial and ethnic groups attending.
It’s a choice, no matter how we were raised our approach depends on us. To see and judge someone by their skin color speaks of our immaturity and ignorance towards the Bible and God’s plan for all people.
I am not saying this is the only place God’s spirit is located. I am saying that there is a blessing attached to worship when we do it with a clean heart and attention to the truth.
(2) Talk with your church leadership about change
Hey pastor, church leader, regular church attendee. If your church is not open to other races attending your worship service, campaign for change.
Just maybe you are there to start this change. If not, you may have to take a step of faith and search for another church. Are you willing to spend the rest of your life somewhere that is comfortable being stagnant?
I believe we short ourselves from growing in Christ when we stick ourselves in positions where people do not want growth.
The church leadership may want change, but the church doesn’t want to move. I call this fear. Nothing great has happened in churches that are afraid to make changes and hurt feelings.
Smaller churches tend to care more about how each individual member feels. If Jesus cared about how everyone felt, do you think He would have healed and set as many people free when He walked this earth?
(3) Jump the barrier of divide and fight the cultural dichotomies to the Bible
Trust every word holding it close to your heart. In the dry seasons of emotional depletion cling to it even more.
This lie of race has to stop. Think of the ramifications from our racist divide here in America. We aren’t reaching as many people as we could with the Gospel.
It breaks my heart to think of what we’re missing.
People outside of our church walls look in and say, “T
Church. Wake up. Revive. See the sin in your congregations and turn to the Lord in repentance. God have mercy on our provoking thoughts of racism and the disgusting displays of such actions.
You want to know a hard truth I learned through the years? Change starts with you and me. If we really want change to happen, we need to take that first step of faith.
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