I came across a picture today of a church. In the picture were several leaders of the church, along with two youth of the church. The elders, or deacons, or pastors, whatever, were dressed in suits. Ties. Mirror polished shoes. Nothing wrong with that right? The youth were dressed… well, not like that. All were white. Caucasian. A sign in the background said “whatever it takes.” Really…?
In our churches, across America, we face the single most segregated time of the week on Sunday mornings.
Why? A sign that says “whatever it takes” is just lip service, if the body of ANY church does not reflect the cultural environment of the city that church is found in. Really…? Yes. Really. What is going to happen in this world where people hang signs in churches that say one thing, and then the actions of the church say something else? The church, the validity of the gospel, is meaningless to a world that cannot see Christ’s love and personal sacrifice reflected in His church. Does one culture say “They are unlike us, why should we worship with them?”, while another culture says, “They have never wanted to associate with us before. Why now?”
Imagine if Jesus and His disciples thought that way. Please understand… I’m not trying to alienate, just illuminate.
Proverbs 27:18 and 19 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored. As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.
So a church’s face reflects the heart. My son Caleb (http://su.pr/2czhTL) is going to grow up in a world different than mine. Where the lion lays beside the lamb. Where race creates culture rather than division. Where Jesus looks on His church and says… “There go my people, after my own heart.” Today I find myself saddened by the thought that there are some churches that do whatever it takes, and encouraged that there are other churches that do WHATEVER IT TAKES, not just to create cultural unity, but to reach anyone that God would would have saved by Grace.
As for me, I intend to be the man that helps bring the vision to life. I WILL STAND… with my face to the 6 steps left, and not the 94 I have just walked.