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Multiculturalism in the USA Church

It is projected that by the year 2045 whites will become a minority in this country.[1] “During that year, whites will comprise 49.7 percent of the population in contrast to 24.6 percent for Hispanics, 13.1 percent for blacks, 7.9 percent for Asians, and 3.8 percent for multiracial populations.” Whether you like or not, the pigmentation of the USA is rapidly changing. 

This multicultural train is here and is only going to get bigger and stronger. There is nothing anybody can do to stop it. I am afraid that the church in the USA is missing the boat on this. 

I can’t only point the finger at the white church; I see it with the black and the Latino churches also.  This elevation of styles and formats of services over others to almost a divine status; from the style of music to the style of preaching is like a cancer that will cause of the death of many local churches. They will blame the devil, but it is not the devil, is their own arrogance in display.

The church, not only in America, but around the world has a direct mandate by Jesus Christ himself to be multicultural, multinational, and international to reflect the welcoming of ALL THE NATIONS. Matthew 28:18-20 tells us,

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

The word Nation in verse 19 is the Greek word éthnos; meaning “A multitude, people, race, belonging and living together.”[2] Jesus is sending us to make disciples of ALL THE ETNIC GROUPS in the world, not just whites, not just blacks, not just Mexicans or Asians, etc. We have a mandate to reach the WORLD with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples. 

Just as we can’t obey the law of the land if it gets in the way of our prayer life as Daniel demonstrated, just as we can’t obey the law of the land if it gets of the way of the preaching of the gospel as we follow the example of the original apostles, WE MUST NOT OBEY THE LAW OF THE LAND IF IT GETS ON THE WAY OF PREACHING THE GOSPEL TO ALL ETHNIC GROUPS.  

Beloved, the world will be known for racism, racial divisions, and cultural preferences. Jesus told us so in Matthew 24:7 when he states, “For nation will rise against nation…” That word Nation here is the same word éthnos. The church MUST be different from the world. So, churches who are promoting English Only, only one style of music, only one style of preaching and teaching and, only one cultural preference are totally contrary to God’s Word and will cease to exist.

If I am a Born-Again believer I belong to the culture of the Bible, I must throw out everything in my culture that contradicts Scripture but, make no mistake about it, I am not an accident… God made me a Black Puertorrican and, if anybody attempts to make me a White American, a Mexican American, an Asian man, an Australian, etc. that person is suffering from an ignorance and arrogance that goes totally against our universal call, our call to fulfill the Great Commission. 

If you claim to be a multicultural church, but the music in your services focuses on a more Anglo-Style of music, you are just a white church attempting to assimilate others and make others look and act like you. Whatever your preferences are is ok, but if you make your preferences the ONLY acceptable way in your church, you are in direct violation of the Great Commission. 

The Gospel is for the entire world. God is using the church to rescue the nations that betrayed Him back in the Tower of Babel. God has not forgotten Israel, but please understand that God has not forgotten the nations either; there are chosen people all over the world, people that look different than you and me.

In America and all around the world God demands multiculturalism; this is unnegotiable. You may be in an area where all you have is white folks; ok then, those are the folks you are called to reach. But in America, in about everywhere, you will find people from diverse nations. If they are around your church, what are you doing to reach them? For example, how can you have a church in Arizona, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, just to mention a few states, and ignore the Spanish speaking population? Are you serious? 

These issues are not new; the original apostles were convinced that the Gospel was only for them. Peter in particular was confronted with the reality that the Gospel was for everybody. Acts 10 tells the story of how Jesus called Peter to minister to a Romans soldier name Cornelius. In a vision Jesus tells Peter, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (Acts 10:15) That same Peter was confronted by his inner prejudice by the Apostle Paul,

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct wasnot in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?” Galatians 2:11-14 (ESV)

Paul opposed Peter face to face and stated that Peter stood condemned. Peter’s actions were the actions of a coward as he was fearing the circumcision party, that is the Christian Jews. Paul labeled Peter, Barnabas and others who followed Peter on this as hypocrites. Paul went as far as saying that they were led astray. Paul made it clear that this kind of approach to our gatherings is not in step with the truth of the gospel. Paul ended by telling these hypocrites to stop forcing Gentiles to live like Jews. 

In conclusion, white folks, stop forcing people to be like you! Black folks, stop forcing people to be like you! Latinos, stop forcing people to be like you! Etc. RESPECT other people; we are God’s people too! I know that many are having a hard time with what is happening to the cultural and spiritual pigmentation of America, but it is coming, and it is God doing to facilitate the fulfillment of the commission of all commission and the mandate of all mandates, now “…Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”


[2] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

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