Sunday, February 27, 2011

One of the worst things about society in the US -- unspoken, assumed segregation in churches, by nearly every background. When I was in graduate school many of the professors pointed this error out, rightfully so, that the most segregated place in America is the church on Sunday morning (referring to churches across the USA). It's sad that the God who created all peoples can't be the focus of worship by all peoples together in specific local churches. Sure there are major exceptions, though sadly they are not all that common. The general rule is observed by churchmen and women, and thank the Lord for new believers who don't follow the same rule and are willing to be formed by Jesus Christ and the Father as the potter (Jeremiah 18).

What has happened is sad for a more important reason than many think too: Christians who have gifts from God by the Holy Spirit (encouragement, service, mercy, teaching, leading, administration, evangelism, etc.) tend to use them only with people like them. The whole church is in more poverty for it, spiritual and emotional poverty. Christ sent Paul the Apostle (and others) out to the Gentiles to bring in the nations, to bring in those who would trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to the church. Together they build the church up, serving as the body of Christ (one in this role, one in another). The NT churches were from the beginning combined congregations of peoples. The gift of tongues back then was probably largely for proclaiming the gospel to make this merging happen and to translate in the congregations (for a limited time during the change in covenants it would appear).

There is hardly a "church" out there that will admit it is segregationist, but they are behind the closed doors when they make decisions, how they talk about the 'others' that are out there. IN Texas the impossibility of holding to that error and following Christ at the same time is being pressed to a point.

This link shows that Texas is no longer an Anglo state. For the vast majority of churches of various denominations, that means adopt Christ's call to bring in all nations to your church and/or denomination by fishing --or-- pretend you don't know how to fish - therefore - cease to exist by demographic predictions.

The solution seems simple. Follow Jesus' command to bring in all people who will trust Him from the nations and bring them into the fold. Will this happen? Not sure. It'll be great to see (with a holy zeal, and knowledge of Matthew 28:19-20) the Christ-rejecting social clubs in various inter and denominational church buildings who don't take Matthew 28 realistically sell their buildings to vibrant new churches that don't go by the wayside of history's blunders. It would be greater if they'd turn from their present disregard (accidental or deliberate) of other peoples, but ... unfortunately that is not likely for the majority of local congregations. So those non-profit 501(c)3 buildings are going to belong to Jesus' Great Commission in 2011/forward one way or another. Irony of ironies thanks to a good US rule on non-profit property.

Yep, the people they couldn't genuinely put in leadership or other positions because of their ethnic background are going to get the buildings that belonged to God and were taken from him anyways. Those are the ones who are going to buy out those structures and return the praises of God to being in their walls again, rather than merely tradition epithets void of Great Commission fire.

What will the Texas church look like in the future? The ones that still exist as congregations and the ones with buildings are going to be from various nations. God has a sense of humor, and it is worth smiling about.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Multiculturalism Thoughts of Continental Politicians

There is an interesting trend in Europe. Major politicians are saying that the multiculturalism model has failed, especially in their respective countries. Check this trend out:

Click here on Cameron's remarks.

Click here on Sarkozy's remarks.

Apparently Merkel also made similar comments.

It raises some questions for the US. When will this paradigm shift get here too? Which way will the US swing as a result of the paradigm shift? How will that affect change business, family, chuch, and economics?

As an update to the above information, Foxnews reports 2-18-11 at 5:50pm cst, on this development in Europe. They had guests comment on it including the Weekly Standard, with the general impression that Europe differs from the US multicultural experience. Still their reasons weren't fully explained before moving onto another topic. It is interesting to see how many things predicted to not have effects elsewhere tend to, especially traveling from the Continent over to the Atlantic coast in cultural imports. Time will tell.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

What Use is Freedom of Speech if you Can't Use it

A major news outlet had an article touching on how a John 3:16 ad painted on a player's face was too offensive for Fox to show to the audience of the Super Bowl 45. See here. Perhaps they were trying to dodge other controversial ads that may try to ride the coat tails of one that isn't, but it raises a question. If the thought police at a network can block even advertising on television, or for that matter radio, what use is free speech? Is free speech now only available on sympathetic small radio stations or the non-viewed TBN health and wealth channel? Is free speech only available in public parks and door to door in a neighborhood? The medium of our time is internet. To this point it is largely free to sharing the gospel, but there have been times when large website companies have done the same type of thing with restricting Christian advertising (a la google on ads a few years back, which I think finally reversed itself). The second and third biggest mediums tv and radio seem to be free only to an extent. All of this is merely to raise the question: what value is freedom of speech unless it can be heard in major forums of the day?

On the same link above, there is a discussion on a Doritos commercial and Christians. It seems that in this situation the advertising cuts both ways. I don't know that that Doritos thing bothers me at all, in fact, pastors joke about that among themselves. Pastors wouldn't (in the vast majority of cases) take that Doritos commericial seriously. It seems that either ad, the John 3:16 , or the Doritos one, could be shown in a country such as ours. But... neither is allowed. This underlines the question again about what it means to say we are free to speak in a digital age, beyond talking to someone walking their dog in a local park, lol. :)