I began reading Trillia Newbell’s United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity a few weeks ago. This book is only 150 pages long, but I think it’s going to take me a while to get through it. Every page I read, I am challenged and burdened.
Even the introduction presents ideas that grate me, such as:
Maybe our churches remain segregated simply because it’s comfortable. There’s nothing malicious to it; we are just more comfortable with “our own.”
(You won’t get far in this book before you’ll see that I believe “our own” needs a new definition.)
But maybe it’s because diversity and racial issues are scary. Talking about race and racial reconciliation can be downright terrifying.
We have to talk about this. If you know me, you know I’m not hesitant to push an issue out to the front. Let’s get it all out on the table.
Why Should We Talk About Race?
But let’s not (and this me preaching to myself) have these conversations in order to “fix” the issue. That’s not what it needs to be about.
Talking about race relations isn’t about coming up with a solution that will bring us all into harmony. It’s the process of talking (and listening!) that will help us understand and love each other more.
This is scary, and for most of us, it will be uncomfortable. But we need to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
Racial Reconciliation in the Church
The Village Church has a great video on what racial reconciliation can and should look like.
Racial Reconciliation from The Village Church on Vimeo.
If heaven will be diverse, why aren’t we pursuing and striving for it more on earth? (Again, I’m still preaching to myself.)
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, . . . and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,
“Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10
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