It was Martin Luther King who commented that at 11 o’clock on sunday morning America is most divided. That was back in the 1963 but it feels that things don’t seem to have moved on very far. At a time when the UK is wrestling with racism in the police force, on the football pitch and in political groups like the BNP. It’s time for the church to start living up to its calling to be the place where race, class, gender and abilities are relativised by the grace of God. As Paul put it:
” So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. ” Galatians 3:26-27
As i travel around the UK I am seeing an amazing growth in ethnic churches but little integration, very few ethnically diverse churches, very few churches where our leadership teams are mixed, our worship style is multicultural or our impact in our communities cutting across ethnic divides. I am happy to put right if I have misread the situation, but the more people I talk to about this the more I am convinced that we are still as divided as ever on racial lines. Pastor Agu from Jesus House recently said in an interview with Christianity magazine that he believes in the future there will be no “Black majority churches” but instead multicultural churches. So what is stopping us at the moment from making this a reality at the moment?