5 Reasons Why Cross-Cultural Integration Is Necessary In The Local Church
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- In the Gospel, there are no cultural or gender differences (Galatians 3:28). There are no Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free, male or female. We are one in Christ. Our churches should display that to the world.
- Cultural segregation feeds our selfishness and pride. Our flesh and the world bombard us with the idea that life is all about us, that our ways are the best, and that we should get it “our way.” Just like Frank Sinatra. Just Burger King. But not like Jesus.
- In Heaven, there will be no cultural segregation (Revelation 5:9; 7:9, 12). People from every nationality, ethnic group, and language will be worshiping Jesus together. We should be able to do so on Earth.
- Cultural segregation disobeys the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8). No matter where you read the commandment of our Lord, it involves God’s children reaching and discipling all people groups. Focusing on one culture exclusively was never part of the Plan. In fact, it brought God’s intervention through persecution (Acts 8:1).
- Cultural integration is what God used to reach the world (Acts 11:19-26; 13:1-4). Antioch is our model, not Jerusalem. Through this local church, God sent out the first foreign missionary team. Through their cultural integration, the Gospel eventually made it to America (and the world).
We must change our mindset. We must align our heart and perspective with that of the Lord and the Kingdom of God, in light of dying souls all around us. The need is too urgent to insist on our preferences and comfort zones.