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God's Kingdom without Borders

What Price Unity?

“This is the way the world around us will know we are followers of Jesus: We love one another!” Our emcee, a brother from Ghana in full native dress who paced in front of us with a deliberate, animated style and impassioned voice, urged his point upon us. He wanted us to see and feel and know how the power and grace of God get uniquely unleashed through the cross-cultural unity of Jesus-followers in a way that’s unmatched.
We worshiped together as a core practice of that unity, hearts melding together through holding hands, lifting voices simultaneously in prayer, singing in multiple languages, dancing together in pouring out our common love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of us at last Saturday’s gathering we called “Worship Without Borders” find ourselves learning as well to worship Jesus with our lives in actions of culture-crossing (and culture-of-the-Cross) love–an Anglo sits in vigil with a group of South Sudanese folk who lost a loved one, a refugee brother is given scholarship support to help with his schooling and keep him legally in the States rather than see him have to return to his violence-riddled former homeland where his life would be threatened, a Tongan sister brings copious amounts of food to give to multicultural Christian gatherings and enhance the fellowship with feasting….Across language differences, racial divides, diverse cultural habits, and even former walls of hostility, we’re learning: By the grace of God, we’re learning.
Pastor Peter Asiamah, our emcee from Ghana, reminded us of the psalmist’s words “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers [and sisters] dwell in unity!” Amen! In a world of bitter racial and ethnic divides, of ancient animosities in some cases, this is priceless!
How do you find the Lord Jesus moving you toward unity with others, even outside your cultural comfort zone? What does this look like to you?
David L. Rowe

Posted in Multicultural on 3 December 2012

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