Social media, the internet, and advances in transportation have made our world increasingly smaller. And history tells of people being scattered for various reasons; some bad like slave trade, others good like job opportunities spurred on by a more global economy. Regardless of the reason though, as time goes and our world gets smaller and smaller people become increasingly scattered. Thus, our culture gets more and more diverse. The question is then, if Heaven will be place of fellowship for people of all ethnic and generational backgrounds, why is Sunday Mornings the most segregated time in America?
Webster’s defines Diaspora as the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away
from an established or ancestral homeland. In a biblical context it also refers to the Jews living outside Palestine or modern Israel. Globalization, is defined by the state of being
globalized; to make (something) cover, involve, or affect the entire world. Different terms but similar in nature, as they relate to people.
However, If the Whites go to the White church, Blacks go to the Black church, Asian’s go to the Asian church, etc., is church then a foretaste of Heaven? I don’t think so. Then what are we doing as Christians in America so that “..thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?”
If diaspora and globalization continue to impact society, will we choose to become more segregated or seek cultural reconciliation? Put another way, will we seek shalom?
As you know I am passionate about how God is using refugees in Germany. When you consider the history of Germany in the context of their new roll as the front lines for cultural reconciliation the implications are astounding. No clearer example of diaspora and a country that is also very globalized. One of Germany’s largest challenges is how to integrate over 1 million new Syrian Refugees. History has shown the world segregation and persecution of a people by religion or race is not the answer. No country knows this better than Germany. My belief is God has blessed them with the monumental challenge of working towards cultural integration and reconciliation. We Americans can learn so much from this.
The mission of our trip to Germany in March 10-20, is that participants from other countries will mix with the Germans in a way that will be a shining example of how people
from different ethnic backgrounds can work together in unity. In other words, what it could look like to be part of a globalized culture. We will do this as mixed cultural groups working to serve refugees and build relationships. Additionally, we will also aim to help churches get a clearer vision of the Great Commission, and help build awareness to God’s command to love strangers.
Lord willing, we will learn how to make Sundays NOT the most segregated time in America? My prayer is we will learn how to make Sunday morning a foretaste of heaven, where people from diverse ethnic and generational backgrounds will fellowship together.
I want to invite you on this journey with us. Our team is grateful for the opportunity, but knows we can’t do it without the support of our own community. Please be praying for us, for the work God has called us to do, and for our partners in Germany. Also, if you would like to support me financially, you can do so directly by clicking here.