Is A Segregated Church A Unified Church?: The Divine Us

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We’ve discussed previously that the church can and must achieve Biblical unity. As Christians, there is no dismissing that fact. However, the makeup of our churches often show us that we are unified within cultural bounds only. That is, we are unified only with those who are most like us. There may be a smattering of other cultures or races present in our churches, but any additional flavor those people may add to the local church body is overwhelmed by the majority culture.

This is simply the way things are.

How do we unify ourselves and our churches so that we become like the “Divine Us” of the Trinity.

In our first post of the series, we talked about how the Trinity has always worked in unity to establish the Kingdom of God. As image bearers of Christ and a part of that unity, we too must walk in unity the same way.

Look into most churches today during a Sunday service and you’ll see large groups of people united over their combined faith in Christ. You’ll also see, as Martin Luther King Jr. noted, a largely segregated body of believers.

Is there true unity in the body of Christ when our churches are as heavily segregated as they are?

This question is an interesting one to think about. Most of us will say that our church is united. Of course, there may be political divisions within some churches based on how the church should operate or whatnot, but the majority of us unify around Christ. In this regard, our churches seem to be unified.

Yet, how unified are we when we ignore the Vietnamese population around the corner? Or when we ignore White churches? Or when a young church ignores the elderly among them?

We are collected together in a larger body to worship Christ, yet that larger body looks just like us. We are effectively ignoring the “Divine Us” and looking only at the individual. Instead of saying, “let us,” we are saying, “let me.”

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments below.

Steve Dragswolf

Hi, my name is Steve Dragswolf. I am Hidatsa born in North Dakota and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My heart is for the indigenous of the Americas. I am passionate about literacy and native culture. Connect @dragswolf

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