Both of these words are charged with meaning.
We all know that church is a segregated place. Whether we want to admit it or not, we worship with people we trust, people we know, people we have a story with, and most often these people look just like us. So what does it mean to worship in a diverse church setting? Is it just the skin color of those in the pews? Does education, socioeconomic status, or denomination count when speaking of diversity? Is there a clear cut definition? What is the #1 inhibitor to multi-ethnic worship?
These are all questions that roam through my head. I’m still working on their answers, but I believe a multi-ethnic church is the way forward.
A segregated world creates very different types of thinking and types of living. We create echo chambers for ourselves and never have to wrestle with the reality of someone else’s reality. Although our pain is real, we get duked into the belief that our pain hurts more than our neighbor’s pain. A multi-ethnic church, a real one, not one that strategically poses a minority in a photo, but one that listens to the voices of minorities and offers a seat at the table to shape church experience, will be the place that will begin changing our world one person at a time.
The church has to become the place where we teach people how to listen and learn. If we can master that, we might actually find that’s the secret to loving our neighbor as ourselves.
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