ROOTED - Tuesday, November 23, 2021


The idea of multiculturalism permeates the whole Bible… Old Testament and New, history and law, gospel and epistle.  In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul teaches the church to accept one another, even as Christ has accepted us.

 

Romans 15:7-13

7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. 

8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 

9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing the praises of your name.” 

10 Again, it says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.” 

11 And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol him.” 

12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.” 

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Reflections

One of the things we should acknowledge is just how ridiculous and sad it is that we even need to have this conversation about race.  As God’s children, there should be no question that we would welcome everyone to God’s table.

 

Think about… It would be preposterous if we had to ask whether brown-eyed people or blue-eyed people are welcome.  If someone said to us, “Do you think we should allow people in wheelchairs to be part of our church?” we would look at them like they were crazy because the answer is unequivocally Yes! Absolutely!  This is not even a question.

 

And yet the Christian Church has not always reflected the glorious diversity of the kingdom of God.  Christians often segregate themselves into black churches and Latino churches and white churches and Asian churches.

 

God has given us a bigger dream, a bigger call, a bigger vision. 

 

Prayer

O God, who delights in the rejoicing of your people, give us mouths full of praise for your goodness and mercy, that every word which proceeds from our lips would bring you glory.  Through Christ the Lord we pray.  Amen.