4. Questions about Diversity and the Church
Proverbs 31:9 says “Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.” This verse answers with a resounding “yes” to the question: “Should believers be people who are actively working towards healing the wounds racism has created in our communities?”
The wisdom of Scripture prompts us to move past our affiliations and comfort zones, and tells us each to do our part in becoming bridge builders. Ask these questions in your small group:
Do you believe that worshipping only with people who look like yourself deprives you of a more full picture of what living out your Christian faith should be? Why or why not?
Could our understanding of Scripture, style of worship, and view of who God is be influenced by our culture more than the teachings of the Bible? Do you agree? If so, give an example.
What do you believe the Bible teaches about race and diversity? (Reference Verses: Galatians 3:27, Daniel 7:14, Zephaniah 3:9, Isaiah 25:6, Revelation 7:9)
How can believers and the church improve in the ways that we celebrate the diversity God created in humankind?
How can the church as a whole better acknowledge, lament, and repent for the ways they have built racial barriers or acted in racist ways rather than built bridges?
You may have heard many say that "11 a.m. on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the week.” Do you believe this statement has truth to it? Do you believe the church should strive towards integration? Why or why not?
How can an ethnic group preserve its cultural uniqueness? Should ethnic uniqueness be sacrificed for the sake of unity? Which community should sacrifice the minority or majority group?
Let’s take the time to pause, reflect, repent, and change the ways we engage with the world—so that we can be those who are agents of racial healing and reconciliation. God tells us that at the end of the story that he is writing there is going to be a big party that includes people from every nation, tribe, language. We will all be worshipping together (Revelation 7:9).
If we want to start bringing heaven down to Earth now, then we need to be people who usher diversity into our lives and speak out when we see the evil of racism at work in our world.
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