There is a tendency of western Christianity to cling to comfort and avoid conflict. Ameican Christians play it safe by sticking with those they perceive share their values, opinions and interests. This contradicts the fundamental ideal of Christianity itself in that Jesus took a radically long journey away from Himself to seek and to save those who were His enemies. “He who knew no sin became sin for us” and “while we were yet sinners, Christ died”. If Jesus was concerned about sticking with His own kind, we would all still be lost, without hope and dying in darkness.
Think about it, we are a selfish and self serving bunch. Many of us “Christians” have not been born again of the spirit and still view ourselves and others through natural eyes more than spiritual. We look on the outside while God looks upon the heart. We compare and measure our worth by our outward behavior, appearances, and accomplishments and the material possessions we’ve amassed. Our salvation does not depend on who WE are or what we’ve done but on who HE IS and what HE’S DONE! We still value our so called ethnic roots more than unity and oneness in the Body of Christ and forget that the Bible says “we are new creations in Christ” and if we’re truly born again our real roots now lie in Him and only Him. That is not to say that we ought to practice disdain and dislike for ourselves and everyone who look like us but our outward likeness and unlikeness and even common experience ought not to be claiming the precedence it now does in the church. Christians ought to stop using phrases such as “the Black Church” and “the Irish Catholic”, etc.
Consider this, if you’ve truly been changed by the Spirit of Christ, then the very person you find the most offensive is the one you ought to be leading to Christ to in order that they might be saved. Consider this also, if you’re not leading someone else to heaven, what makes you think you’re getting in? If we are going to make a difference, we are going to have to step out of our comfort zones and dare to bring the gospel of the good news of Jesus Christ to those with whom we have nothing in common except the need for God.
Like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Christ’s time, we repeat rituals and practice dead works, thinking this will save us; Meanwhile our “religion” is of no effect in leading the lost to salvation through Jesus Christ. While we sit in our big comfortable churches and cathedrals trying to avoid the real world, we forget that The Son of Man had no place to lay His head. He says He’s patient that none would be lost. While we are thinking we are already saved and therefore safe, what if to God we are ONE RACE – HUMAN and it’s all or NONE. Jesus made it clear that He prayed that we would be ONE as He and the Father are one. He returning for His Church as ONE Body – ONE Bride but we are still divided. Let’s get it together Church!