Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | November 18, 2008

The Importance Of A Multi-Cultural Church

For mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

There are two things in America which seemingly remain segregated. One is funeral homes, the other is Church. If you don’t believe me, go to your church this Sunday. If the majority is your skin complexion or ethnicity, you will know that I am telling the truth.

I thank and Praise God for the Bi-Racial/African America president we have elected but that’s not enough. All he can do is make laws for the land. We all know Obama is not making laws for the kingdom of God. If the United States of America can start to show healing within its congressional walls we as Christians need to start showing healing in our Church walls. We are the light of the wold. A beacon in the midst of darkness. If all you can do is invite people to your church that “look” like you, “talk” like you, there is a problem. Granted, I am not saying you should give up your cultural identity, what I am saying is that our churches need to be more welcoming of ALL nationalities and cultures.

We are destroyed because of lack of knowledge and a lot of times its this lack that causes us NOT to understand one another. We must take the time out to learn about other races. Everything is not just BLACK and WHITE . . . the United States of America is a multi-faceted nation with so many tongues its not even funny yet on Sunday, we all separate and go to our own respective churches. No one is reaching out to one another. Instead, our white or Asian neighbors go into their car on Sunday and pass by tons of predominately black churches just to go to a church where people look like them.

So you ask me, HOW? How do I make my church more accepting of other cultures? Do I just start knocking on doors and asking people in the white and black and Latino communities to come to my church? Well, yeah, you can start by that. More importantly, the leadership of the church needs to be more open minded to receiving other nationalities. The worse thing you can do is invite someone to church that is not of your race and then stare at them the entire time as if they don’t belong. Start by training your ushers to NOT have a respect of person. Greet ALL with loving kindness. Remember, with loving kindness have I drawn them saith the Lord. Be prepared to research. Find out more about different cultures by reading literature from your local library and even from the Internet. Finally, pray! Pray that God sends revival for the ENTIRE NATION and that your church WILL have a make up of all nationalities. Remember, heaven is not just a black or white things, its an EVERYBODY thing. Much prayer, much power, little prayer, little power, no prayer, NO POWER! Its going to take the Power of the Holy Ghost to send a multicultural revival through your church, but with the help of the Lord, it can and will be done. Join me in breaking down cultural barriers and winning ALL souls to Christ!

Here are a few of manyBiblical texts that favor multiculturalism.

  • Psalm 133:1. The good of dwelling together in unity.
  • John 17: especially 11 & 23. Jesus prays that his church may be one, that the world might believe in him.
  • Matthew 28:19-20 The great commission – go to all “nations” (Greek, ethnai / ethnic groups)
  • Acts 2:5-11 lists fifteen ethnic groups present at the Pentecost event. The very first church gathering was multicultural
  • Acts 10:34 After God sends a powerful vision to Peter to correct his racism and encourage outreach to the Gentiles, Peter proclaims that he now sees that God is no respecter of persons, or shows no favoritism.
  • Galatians 3:28. “Your are all one in Christ Jesus.”
  • Ephesians. The entire book, the main theme of which is God’s purpose to unite all things in heaven and earth together, the role of the church in this overarching purpose, and the need for all Christians to claim their unity in Christ and dwell together in mutual love.
  • Ephesians 4:3-5: Love each other; keep the unity of the Spirit. One body, one spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God.
  • Revelation 7:9 describes the multinational church at the end of time gathered before
  • God’s throne. This shows God’s desire for how the church should be; and since it will ultimately be this way, it’s good for us to work toward that ideal.

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