Why does the Church of the God “who so loved the world” struggle with embracing a multicultural, multiethnic community (John 3.16)? Why does the church of the Christ who commanded us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves and who commissioned us to “go and make disciples of all nations” often confine the good news of the gospel to our culture (Mark 12.30-31; Acts 28.19)? Why does the church of the Spirit that was poured out on all flesh continue judge the expression of the Spirit if it is not expressed based on their cultural expectation (Joel 2.28; Acts 2.17)? Why aren’t cultural intelligence, diversity and empathy core values of the Church?
These are questions that Christians in North America specifically but all over the world must begin to seriously consider. But, we need not simply reflect on these questions but ready a response and an action plan. Because there is a generation that wants answers and wants to see the change in believers and the transformation of the world that the Scriptures attest to. Below is a video of a conversation on race and the Church. Prayerfully, their stories speak to yours and inform your journey as we walk behind Christ together.