Biblical Ethnic Diversity Inclusion

Why is biblical ethnic diversity inclusion important to the church today and most importantly to the will of God.

 First of all it is the will of God as in Galatians 3:28

 “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 New International Version (NIV)

 This scripture most certainly speaks of the inclusion into the Kingdom of God through Christ. It can be said that one is not necessarily enjoying the fullest degree of inclusion outside of Christ, though there is much bantering about of this term in society.

 The way that God created us i.e. in His image, is a form of our inclusion and the resin is poured and cast by His ultimate inclusion into our lives in the person of Christ.

 Looking a little bit closer at the word inclusion; we see it as defined as:

1. The act of including or the state of being included.

2. Something included.

3. Geology: A solid, liquid, or gaseous foreign body enclosed in a mineral or rock.

4. Biology: A nonliving mass, such as a droplet of fat, in the cytoplasm of a cell.

5. Computer: Science A logical operation that assumes the second statement of a pair is true if the first one is true.

 Numbers one and two are pretty standard in their meanings. However, number five is fascinating, as it is looked at introspectively. It assumes that the second statement is just as true as the first is true. That would verify than Christ is very much at the center of inclusion being that He is mentioned as the second part of the pair of statements in Galatians 3:28.

 The amazing dynamic exists in the church today as we have churches that are homogeneous (one ethnic/cultural group) in their make-up or they exist in the form of an up and coming movement of Heterogeneous (multi ethnic/cultural group) Churches. Though on the surface the latter would seem to be the end all be all of the discussion of the issue; as we look at the whole genre closer we need to see if the inclusion has permeated into all aspects of biblical community as in Acts 2.44-47 “

 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”  or is to more of a form that is displayed in elaborate Sunday morning facsimiles.

Without getting to deeply caught up in dogma of the specific language in this scripture, the overall meaning is that of total inclusion and oneness in Christ. This oneness did not stop at the temple courts but it continued into their homes with food and true relationship and sharing of their lives. As a result we see in the scripture that they enjoyed favor of all the people. It is really about community. This was the pattern for the early church whether we are talking about the churches of Jerusalem, Antioch, Ephesus etc and this can be the same pattern for the church today. It will be a challenge that we can accomplish through Christ. “The second part of the statement in Galatians 3:28”.

We can manufacture a sense of multiethnic inclusion however, if we do not allow the love of God to permeate our church culture though its many layers and peel off the mask of the Human nature i.e. the flesh we are still falling short of the complete will of God and the so-called Heterogeneous Church finds itself in the same quandary of the slightness of the Homogeneous Church. Let us believe the words of the writer of Hebrews 6:9 when they said 

 “But we, even while we speak in this tone, have a happier conviction concerning you, my dearly-loved friends–a conviction of things which point towards salvation.”-Weymouth Bible

 Kevin K. Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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