JUST AS THE LORD INTENDED—MAY THEY BECOME ONE AS WE (THE FATHER AND SON) ARE ONE!
We’re all a little bit racist. And sexist. And ageist. And dozens of other-things-ist. An ist is simply a bias or leaning, either away from or toward something. We lean toward what we know, and away from what we don’t. And we all know our own race better than anyone else’s, so we’re all a little bit racist. Still, that isn’t the way it has to be.
The church I attend is trying to become multiracial. To that end, our leaders visited another church that is much farther down this road, and asked, “What’s the key?”
“Intentionality,” they answered. Two former congregations, one black and one white, merged. The pastors became co-pastors, the black choir and white worship band became one worship team. Sound inspiring? It was. Eventually. But initially—for the first two or three years—it was jarring, frustrating, and for many simply too much to bear.
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