Summary: God is no respecter of persons and He desires His House (His Church) to be a place for all nations – all people. A church is to be a place where there is no favoritism and all are treated fairly and equally.
Series: We are Here!
Sermon 6: Multiethnic (or multicultural, or diversity)
Show pictures of our changing world in this area of South Chicago:
The Orland Mosque, the Lemont Hindu Temple, and the Chicago Buddhist Temple all represent how diverse our community is becoming.
Our society is changing all around us and America is the melting pot of the world. We have all kinds of religions, people groups, ethnicities, cultures, languages and diversity all around us today. If you don’t believe me just go walk through Orland Mall.
I really think this new cultural dimension is a great ministry opportunity to show the world that God loves diversity and uniqueness. Just look around this morning at our congregation or visit our school and you see diversity and individual uniqueness.
Movies like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” highlight the differences within cultures in our society today.
Dr. Carl Johnsons writes, “The end of history revealed in the Book of Revelation includes a vision of people from every language, tribe and nation declaring the praise of God assembled around the throne. This reality was the celebration recorded in Acts 16 when a new congregation assembled in Philippi which included a woman, a slave and a Gentile as well as the Apostle Paul, a recovering Jewish Pharisee. The power of the Gospel breaks down the barriers and builds supernatural bridges of new relationship. Each believer has more in common with another believer than any former associations of family, race, language or color. Now adopted into the same family all can rejoice to call each other brother and sister through faith in Christ” (Page v-vi, The Technicolor Community).
It is obvious that Christian Hills is a different church – with a God focused agenda which has us being multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and very diverse. Let me ask a pointed question to you today - “Do you realize how unique this is?”
Research done in 1990 by George Barna revealed that 79% of churches in America were homogeneous-that is made up of just one racial or ethnic group. The truth is the majority of churches are homogeneous in America but we are not and we are becoming more diverse year by year and I love it – I actually am ecstatic about it. I believe this is happening because we are committed to being on God’s agenda – not ours! God loves diversity that is why we all look different, come from different cultures and have different hair colors, eyes and the like. God is into diversity – diversity by the way is creative. I am so glad we are not all carbon copies – or clones! I believe the Lord wants His church to reflect what Heaven will look like!
I have heard the following quote a few times in my life:
“Eleven o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.” Have you ever heard that quote before?
This quote was said by two prominent ministers: Dr. Billy Graham and Dr. Martin Luther King (Both heroes of mine).