A colleague of mine at Eternity Bible College recently a discipleship guid which includes the topic of God’s heart for all cultures. The words are powerful…
Our Father has a heart for all ethnicities. He desires a multi-ethnic family. The gospel has the power to not only save people but also break down barriers that divided people for generations (Eph. 2:11-22). Yet churches remain to be one of the only places in our culture where segregation is still visible outside of prisons and bars. Jesus reached across racial lines and did not let culture norms dictate his ministry. Our faith, not our ethnicity, unites us.
Our Father has a heart for people of all ages and social classes. The old are not outdated and the young are not too simple. The rich are not too wealthy and the poor are not too destitute. The trendy are not too cool and the common folk are not too socially awkward.
His eyes blur lines that our culture creates. When believers isolate themselves to people just like themselves, the gospel is misrepresented. On the other hand, when respect and love is shown to fellow family members, the gospel is beautified (Tit. 2:1-10). This is when the gospel becomes attractive to the watching world.
– Matt Moore