One of the privileges God has given this ministry is the opportunities to teach God’s Word across many cultures, nations and people groups. His Word clearly points to this happening through the Church (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Revelation 5:9-10). How wonderful it would be if the whole Church around the world saw the truth of these Scriptures and allowed their authority to dictate their missionary agendas.
Sadly, there are many places where Christians of one color or ethnic culture will not speak to, fellowship with, or minister to another color or ethnic group. We let history, tradition and human preference govern our hearts and work. Often, we see this problem played out in cities, in the same neighborhoods and even right across the street one church from another.
I want to point to Scriptures that I trust will convict the hearts of all who read them. “For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility” (Ephesians 2:14–16).
These words are very convicting. To do anything less than follow what Jesus did in His body on the cross is to sin against His reconciling work and the Spirit of unity in the Body of Christ. You can name any nationality, race, color or ethnic distinction; Jesus died to place those who believe from all of them into one body, the Church. If we are showing favoritism to any; it is a serious sin.
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