Multicultural Seminar – The Changing Face of America – Ethnic Diversity and Gospel Opportunity

Recently, I have been wrestling with the question: “How are we to do church?” I grew up in a neighborhood and church where diversity was never a problem; however, it was also never an important issue. During college, that changed. I was presented with the question about the importance of ethnic and cultural diversity in the local body in a college class and the church in which I grew up began to welcome refugees from South Asia. At first, I was confused about why multicultural ministries deserved so much attention in the local church. I assumed that local church is to serve its neighbors with the gospel, but I did not realize who my neighbors were.

Romans 10:12-13 (ESV) says:

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing riches on all who call on him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Much of my preconceived notion about the church was due to my lack of exposure to the rest of my community. No longer is my community defined by whom I know or whom I relate to, but to all people, even the ones I have not known. Therefore, church cannot be isolated from the rest of the world. Jesus will be worshiped forever by people who come from every nation, tribe, and tongue around the world, and the church should reflect this glorious adoption in Christ Jesus.

Because changing demographics of the United States measured by census results predict the end of cultural majorities in the country as early as 2050, I believe that churches in America have an incredible opportunity to welcome people from around the world into unified bodies that foreshadow the eternal worship of our God. Since moving to Chicago, my wife and I have loved living in community and attending church with brothers and sisters of different ethnicities and cultures from around the world. The Orchard Evangelical Free Church honors the diversity of the Church and the Chicagoland area in which it serves, and we have never felt so connected to the international body of Christ. Only the Church can bring all men and women together.

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