Last week, we read how Jesus envisioned the multi-ethnic church (John 17:20-23); how Luke described the multi-ethnic church (Acts 11:19-26) and how Paul prescribed the multi-ethnic church. This week I want us to consider the fact that eleven o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week.
Historically, most people attribute this observation to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Yet, Dr. Martin Marty first made this statement toward the end of the nineteenth century. Surely it breaks the heart of God that so many churches throughout the United States are still segregated along ethnic and economic lines, and that little has changed in the more than one hundred years since it was first observed.
We believe that it should not be so. More than that, the very Gospel itself is unintentionally undermined when it’s proclaimed from segregated pulpits and pews. The fact is there is no more clear or credible witness of God’s love for all people than the witness of diverse believers walking, working, and worshiping God together as one in and through the local church.
They very progress of the Gospel and advance of the Church in the twenty-first century depends upon passionate individuals getting this right. As a movement, we at The Nett Church simply want to create a credible witness of God’s love towards the Nations in Gwinnett, Georgia, the United States and beyond.
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