"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
A Word for Three Ethnic Groups in the American Church!
“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.”
Some years ago, when I was a pastor in Winton, North Carolina the Lord gave me a word for the church that addressed three ethnic groups:
2. Whites (Anglo)
Today, as I was walking and praying, the Lord reminded me of this word and expanded my understanding of what that word means. I feel that the Lord is instructed me to share this word. I hesitated to do so because the word seems so tough, however I must be obedient to God and may all of you judge what I am about to write.
Hispanics: God is about to judge the rebelliousness of the Hispanic Church in America. You are coming into this country with a divisive spirit already and you are making it clear that “Americans” are not welcome as you build your Spanish only signs for everyone to see. God did not bring you to America only to reach out to your own, but to be a part of the community of believers.
Whites: God is about to judge the pride of the Whites and their refusal to see minorities as equals. They are ok with helping minorities; some are going as far as “going” to churches where other ethnic groups attend; however, they are not in close relationship with anybody else other than people who look like them. Who do you invite for dinners at your table? Who is attending your children’s birthdays? Your pride and your fears I will judge greatly!
Afro-American: You are placing much emphasis on your outer self-images, but are neglecting your inner-self. The Lord will judge you for your reverse-racism and for theologies that are not reflecting my love. You are consumed with un-forgiveness and your churches are not representing my love. You are still hiding under the injustices of slavery to justify your carnalities. Why are you insisting in looking at yourselves as victims? Did I not already make you free?
I am also aware that out of these three ethnic groups, I belong to two of them; so may the Lord help us all and may we repent, for our great sin is before the Lord. It is not too late! The Lord told me today that He is not looking for multi-cultural churches on Sundays, but that He is looking for multi-cultural relationships outside of the four walls of a building. It is time, it is time, it is time… It is time to look at my church through the glass of my Word and not through the glass of men’s opinions, tragedies of history and self-promoting agendas of men.