Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Diversity


This past Sunday, our church had an amazing guest pastor -
Scott Williams, formerly of LifeChurch.tv.
He came to speak to us about the topic of
"Unity Through Diversity"

He began his message with this video.
David Bowden, spoken word artist presents
"Diversity's Symphony"


The theme of the message was that there is so much segregation within our churches,
when in reality we are all unified in Christ Jesus.

Why?

If we profess believe in one God, in one Spirit in the Body of Christ, why is there so much segregation?

It's cultural segregation.
Racial segregation.
Financial segregation.

All kinds of segregation which is only serving to tear us apart rather than unify us as One.

Scott Williams said in his message that we are all united in Christ Jesus.  We need to learn to love those who don't think, act, or dress like us.

Think about it?  Who do we gravitate towards {even at church}?
Often times, it is those like ourselves.
We have set up belief and values systems which tell us who we should and should not
associate ourselves with.

Isn't it just possible that the ones we dissociate ourselves from
are the very ones we should be drawing closer to ourselves?
Helping them?
Being the hands and feet of Christ to them?

Or do we just get comfortable in our own little pew
and assume that those people are someone else's concern.
Or, dare I say, problem.

No!

Williams said that 93% of the churches in America are racially segregated and we don't seem to act like it matters.  He said this - IT MATTERS TO GOD!

Isn't this powerful?
Convicting?

So what do we do?  Where do we start?

Here's what Williams shared:

1.  Live the Great Commandment

Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.'"  (Matthew 22:37-39)

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heir together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise of Christ.   (Ephesians 3:6)

2.  Do the Great Commission

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 28:19)

Go.  Just Go.
Go.
In everything you do.
When you wake up.
When you leave for work.
When you are out with friends.
When you are at church.
When you are anywhere.
Just Go.

And love everyone
even "those who don't think, act, or dress like us."

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