Originally posted on www.raanetwork.org
The Bible declares, “seek peace and pursue it” (Ps. 34:14; 1 Pt. 3:11). This phrase has implications for all areas of life, especially multi-ethnic ministry.
Live in Peace
We know that we as believers have been reconciled to God through our Savior (Rm. 5:1). But this reconciliation extends not just vertically between God and humankind but horizontally between neighbors as well. We are commanded to “live in peace” with one another (2 Cor. 13:11). And to “love one another ” (Jn. 13:34).
The previous part of the phrase “seek peace and pursue it” says, “turn away from evil and do good.” In the context of racial and ethnic relationships this means Christians should actively discard any notions of racism and ethnocentrism. We should start practicing love instead.
We can demonstrate love in many ways, but one of the most visible and powerful demonstrations of love is through diverse and united congregations.
But since many of our Christian congregations remain racially homogenous, it begs the question, “Is there peace in the church between people of different races and ethnicities?” The phrase “seek peace and pursue it” may help answer those questions.
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