Sunday, December 07, 2008

There's a first...

I have never listened to a sermon with a spanish translator -- until yesterday.

We had a guest speaker who shared a vision for our church, our community. We have a Hispanic Church plant that meets in our building every Sunday, and until today, I didn't really think that much about it.

He emphasized how our country was changing -- how we no longer have to go to the nations -- the nations are coming to us. But unless we recognize what God is doing, and get involved where God is working, we will have failed this awesome responsibility.

"From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us." Acts 17:26

The evangelical church in general must show America what it means to truly love and embrace those who are different from us.

This was my wake-up call. Someday, my children will live in a country where they will certainly be an ethnic minority. The statistics speak for themselves. Will they be ready to accept and care about others who are not like them? I don't know all these answers or how to train them in this, but I pray for wisdom. I pray for opportunities...

1 comment:

mordy said...

our church is researching combining our spanish and english churches into one congregation. very interesting. we heard this guy from texas talking about how their church does it (headsets like at the U.N.) and that he would never do it any other way. he believes that the church should be a picture of heaven, everybody together. really, really interesting.