Where we as a nation have set aside a time to honor, remember, recognize and celebrate the lives and contributions of the Black Americans gone before us, and still among us. It’s important that we recognize these contributors that have helped our nation grow and contributed to it’s unique culture.
But what about the Church?
It seems our nation has been able to do something we have not. Even though a church being “Mult-Ethnic” or diverse, is a great win, honestly those are still very few in number. Some feel we have made “Great” strides, I am not as quick to hand out trophies.
Diversity is- Tolerated
That is what most can be awarded for. In the past, opening up one’s house of worship to those of another race, was…well unheard of! Now, some are “open” to it. There is a church in my hometown that recently (within the last 5yrs) had to VOTE, to let members in of another race! In other words, they are willing to “tolerate” it.
Diversity must be- Celebrated
We (the Church) must get to the place where diversity and ethnicity is Celebrated, not Tolerated! We have to embrace those “not like us” as a brother would welcome home his brother from war! “We have been forcibly separated, but now you are here!” Diversity in the churchÂ adds so much strength, power and creativity beyond measure! God made it that way! We should celebrate that!
So during this month, when our attentions are drawn to our black brothers and sisters. Let’s not forget, it’s not just about what has happened in the past, but let’s focus on what should be occurring now, and much more in the future. That Multi-Etnicity and diversity in our churches is…