“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Over the past 5 weeks in Boston, the “melting pot” effect has become so much more apparent. In Boston, there are over 140 different countries represented. Since starting 5 weeks ago, I have met and prayed with Nepalese, Brazilian, Russian, Haitian, Arabic, and Korean pastors. When you hop on the subway or bus, you can hear several different languages being spoken. The United States continues to change, but is the Church willing to adapt? If you don’t think our culture is changing, try calling an 800 number and see if you don’t have to press 1 for English. This wasn’t the case 10 years ago. However if the Church chooses not to adapt with the culture, it will become ineffective!
Unfortunately the Church, in America, is still one of the most segregated hours of the week. Sadly, Islam and Mormonism are two of the fastest growing religions in America. I believe this is greatly due to the fact that they welcome everyone with open arms. Please know that this isn’t an immigration issue for the Church, it’s a heart issue. Jesus said we were supposed to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. However the “ends of the earth” are coming to our front door, but the Church is not reaching them.
Jesus, as our example, adapted His strategy to reach His culture and context. He never changed His message, but His strategy was so foreign to what the status quo was doing. Jesus consistently stretched across cultural borders and included everyone. It is time that the Church follow His lead!
It is time for the Church to wake-up!