Last week, The Gospel Coalition published an article describing how to determine if your church is multiethnic. At the behest of the ever-gentlemanly Justin Taylor, Summer read the article several times but remained confused. We are told “how” to determine if your church is maintaining a “spirit” of diversity but we are never told why pastors should spend time analyzing census data to determine if their church is reaching this goal. What is the goal? What is the practical outworking of determining who your church should reach based on skin color? If it’s not tokenism, then what is it?
We hope this episode provides some healthy pushback on some ambiguous presuppositions regarding the make-up of our churches, keeping in mind that those to whom we are responding are our brothers in Christ. But, to quote our friend Darrell Harrison, “The ethnic diversity of those who, by God’s grace, will populate heaven (Rev. 7:9), is secondary to the reality that, likewise by God’s grace, they are first and foremost believers in Him. In other words, it is by faith, not by face, that you and I will live eternally with God (Eph. 2:8-9).”
This topic is creating quite a bit of chatter right now, particularly in the Reformed world. Here are some articles and podcasts we highly recommend sinking your eyeballs into this week.
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