1) What’s attractive to you about the Bible’s vision for a multi-ethnic multitude of followers of Christ?
2) Name one specific way you can live in light of this cross-cultural vision in your personal relationships this week?
3) What unique contribution do you think the Church can make to the healing of racial wounds and injustices in our nation?
There are no gradations in the image of God. Every man from a treble white to a bass black is significant on God’s keyboard, precisely because every man is made in the image of God. One day we will learn that. We will know one day that God made us to live together as brothers and to respect the dignity and worth of every man.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unity is not uniformity, nor is it sameness. Just as the Godhead is made up of three distinct Persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — each unique in personhood and yet at the same time one in essence, unity reflects a oneness that does not negate individuality. God’s creative variety is replete displaying itself through a humanity crafted in different shapes, colors, and style. Unity occurs when we combine our unique differences together as we head toward a common goal. It is the sense that the thing that we are gathered for and moving toward is bigger than our own individual preferences.
Multiracial congregations can play an important role in reducing racial division and inequality and that this should be a goal of Christian people. We need to move beyond simply stating that Christian worship is the most segregated hour in the United States.
Curtiss Paul DeYoung