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Showing posts with label Time Dominant Culture Christ Black White Hispanic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Time Dominant Culture Christ Black White Hispanic. Show all posts

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Can Megachurches Bridge The Racial Divide?

That's the title of a Time online article...From one Christian to another I don't believe the church mission is to bridge gaps...The true mission of the church is to save souls for Christ...And I believe that mission can be carried out in a segregated church on Sunday morning....As long as the segregation is based on culture and not race I don't have a problem with it... Different cultures have different worship styles.... They are all good.... They reflect the diverse nature of God.... I believe all Christian worship the same God but we celebrate him through different means (different languages, expressions, music, cultural contextualization) As human beings we are so different...There's no single church that can possibly reach everyone.... Have you ever thought about why the gospels were written with specific groups in mind? It had nothing to do with race but more about culture....And think about this why would God used four books to communicate the one life of Christ? After all, almost all the stories and teachings in Mark's Gospel are covered in Matthew's Gospel...Why do we need both books? Because Matthew's Gospel was targeted for the Hebrews readers and Mark's Gospel was targeted for the Gentile reader... They had the same message; they wrote for different cultures their style of communication differed...

I agree with the article that the dominant culture in any church should be the culture of Christ...But we we all no this is not the case... I believe the culture of Christ can be expressed and manifested in many different cultural forms...So why do all worship have to be the same?I love the fact that we see a lot of Hispanic Churches all over the country now... Why? Because they are needed....An all Black/White or Hispanic church in any city could be just as kingdom minded as any mix church in America... As long as they all share the same faith, mission and vision...It's nothing wrong with segregation as long as the church, as a whole, has Christ/Love at it center If God wanted "same" He would not have made "different."