“…I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22 //
This week, lead pastor Carl Gulley kicked off our new series, All Peoples. For the next two weeks, we are taking a look at diversity and race with a biblical perspective. Much like the early Church, we have high emotions and division around this topic. The discussion can feel awkward or tense at times, but this isn’t a political conversation, it’s a people conversation. Most importantly, it’s a conversation that needs to happen in the Church.
WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST. WE ARE CALLED TO CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER.
The early Church found healing and reconciliation by simply looking at the heart of God and hearing from Him. We believe that same healing and unity is possible for us today. It starts with these conversations that lead to compassion and then real action.
WITHOUT INTENTIONALITY, RECONCILIATION IS NOT POSSIBLE.
Unity doesn’t just happen, it takes intentional steps of action. Throughout our morning, we took a look at the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman. The Samaritans were rejected and looked down upon. Jesus intentionally got in this woman’s world, and made her feel known and valued. It’s on us to do the same today; to reach across cultural lines and boundaries and invest in those around us.
EMBRACE DIFFERENCES RATHER THAN OVERLOOK THEM.
Some of us may find ourselves as passive when it comes to the race conversation. We wouldn’t define ourselves as racists, but we also aren’t joining the conversation as reconcilers. Staying silent or overlooking someone’s race can be just as hurtful as throwing out jokes or slurs. Ignoring someone’s race disregards their culture and simultaneously forces them to adapt to our culture.
WE ARE ALL CALLED TO BE AMBASSADORS.
Regardless of where we find ourselves on the spectrum, the truth is, we are all called to be Kingdom ambassadors that carry a heavenly perspective. As we journey together throughout this series, our hope is that we will all be quick to listen and be led to compassion.
IN RESPONSE //
Come Together: We started the conversation on Sunday, but we’ll be continuing on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Come Together. Join us for an evening of intentional conversation and connection centered around racial unity.