Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Multi-Cultural Church

Why is 11am on Sunday morning the most segregated hour of the week?

Dr. Akin recently said this at the Advance 09 Conference: "We can integrate the military, we can integrate athletics and the work place but we can’t allow the church on Earth to look like what it’s going to look like in heaven? I am absolutely convinced that God will not visit us with revival or with a great moving of his Spirit unless we get our hearts right about this particular area.”

The fact that so many churches are divided up by skin color or ethnic groups is a big issue for me. I hate it!

The church should aim to look like heaven in Revelation 7: “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'”

Well maybe people from every nation, tribe, people and language are not represented in your community, so they are not able to attend your church even if you would have them. The reality is though, your church would not have them even if they were. If you doubt it's true look at your church and then look at the community around it. Unless you are the exception, your community is way more ethnically diverse than your church. And chances are you and your church are doing nothing to change it.

But this church on the other hand is leading the way and providing a model for what church should look like.

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