Monday, September 21, 2009

Unity amidst Diversity in praise of God's Majesty

Last week I attended a meeting in Groves with several area pastors from Port Arthur (which is about 45% African-American, 25% Anglo, 20% Hispanic, and 10% Asian and other) and Mid-County (which is between 93-95% Anglo) concerning a cooperative ministry event. What really struck me in this meeting was how great a responsibility we pastors have to model the Biblical picture of Christian unity in the face of racism, socio-economic divisions, and ignorance. God greated diversity among the human race and we should ignore that diversity with empty phrases such as "color-blind" but as the community of faith our most distinctive feature should be the commonality we all have in Christ. The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 3:28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." This pronouncement doesn't erase diversity but signifies the basis for our unity.

So why doesn't the local church reflect what the universal church contains- unity amidst diversity? Why is the Sunday worship hour the most segregated hour in America? These are issues that we need to be wrestling with as God's redeemed and we must strive to see such barriers erased in the visible Body of Christ for the witness of Christ on earth. Revelation 7:9-10 gives us a picture of worship in heaven that might make many congregants on earth pretty uncomfortable. How are we preparing for that worship service through our worship on earth. Here is a video presented by PBS that I encourage you to watch. It features Port Arthur native Dr. Rodney Woo who is the pastor of a multi-ethnic congregation in the Alief area of Houston. Perhaps the Lord will use this testimony to stir a work in our own city...

July 31, 2009 ~ Interracial Churches Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

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