For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
If racial reconciliation and harmony can’t exist in the church, what hope is there for the world? Recently our friend Mark DeYmaz and the Mosaic Church shared the following declaration with our society:
A Declaration In Support of Multi-Ethnic Churches & Racial Healing
The Glocal Family of Churches
Over the last several years, a number of public events have taken place across our nation, highlighting the racial divide still haunting many of our cities. These events have sparked protest, riots, divisive social discourse, and a spirit of anger among many of our citizens.
In light of these events, the Glocal family of churches publicly declares that these events will not divide our congregations. As pastors, we stand in our pulpits this morning―Asian, White, Black and Latino―proclaiming that we are one in the Holy Spirit, we are all made in the image of God, and we all carry equal worth and value.
Jesus prayed for the unity of his church. In fact, he proclaimed the identifying mark of his divinity and our relationship as his children would be our unity in him and our love for one another (John 13:35, John 17:21). He did not suggest this unity would happen simply through preaching or programs, but that it would come as we intentionally live and worship together as one.
Unfortunately, only 14% of churches in America are multi-ethnic. By choosing to be mono-ethnic, many churches lose credibility on this divisive issue, even though we unquestionably have the answer.
We declare: This answer is the good news of Jesus. By his incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection, God made a way for all people to live in relationship with him. There is no division among people who have experienced this gracious love.
We further declare: The witness of the church is made credible when we choose to exist as multi-ethnic churches that seek justice for all, radically loving all people. We believe that the church must rise during this time in history by living and worshipping together as one, being unified in our ethnic and cultural diversity. By doing so, we display the Kingdom of Heaven.
We further declare: We will strive not only to live as multi-ethnic churches, but also as churches who strive for justice, strive to celebrate and integrate all ethnicities and cultures, and strive to stand with the oppressed and broken. We do so with the hope that Jesus will be glorified so that the world will see that he is the Son of God, the hope of all people.
Amen and amen.
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