The goal of this blog is to have a new post available by noon each Tuesday. Occasionally, the posts may be more frequent as time and material allows.
Sunday morning has often been described as the most racially segregated time of the week as Christians attend various churches separated along racial lines.
Cultural Mosaic exists to encourage dialogue and education of issues related to racial reconciliation with the goal of bringing greater unity to God’s church. Since the church must interact with society, this blog will survey the currents of social issues and examine the implications they have for the church.
The urgency of this cause is fueled by the Apostle John’s vision of the eternal throne of Jesus in Revelation 7:9,
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Every nation, every tribe, every people group, and every language standing before the throne of the Lamb, but each in a separate building on Sunday mornings. It’s long past time for God’s church to represent His vision of His kingdom. “On earth as in heaven.” There are many areas of life to which we could apply this principle. But that should not dissuade us from the imperative that “God’s house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” (Is. 56:7)
I give the following list not to say that I have all the answers to all race related issues. I don’t. I tiptoe through this potential minefield as much as anyone and regularly need to seek understanding and forgiveness. However, I hope you agree that my life experiences give me some credibility in this field.
- I am an Australian who has lived in the United States since 1999.
- My wife was born and bred in the United States Mid-West.
- I have served as the minister for a multiracial church (Black and White) in upstate New York, USA, since 2008.
- I served as the campus minister at a multiracial church (Black and White) in Louisiana, USA, from 2005-2007.
- Over a 4 year period I attended and served on staff at a multiracial church (Asian & Anglo) in Melbourne, Australia.
- After graduating university I lived with four Muslim friends from Malaysia, Singapore and Pakistan.
- I have spent several weeks living with Chinese friends in Hong Kong.
- In university I was a member of the Malaysian Student Association.
- I was raised in one of the whitest regions of Australia where Dutch immigrants were the largest minority.
- My father and grandparents emigrated from Scotland to Australia in the 1950’s.