Church and Multiculturalism

A couple of years before his assassination in the 1960’s, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out that the 11 o’ clock hour on Sunday morning was the most segregated hour in America.  Dr. King was referring to the segregation of Churches.  Almost 50 years later, we can sadly admit that that observation is still true.  This is because the type of segregation being referred to here is de facto racial segregation, rather than de jure segregation.  It is the segregation that exists in practice, though not necessarily ordained or enforced by law.

Anyone who is willing to call a spade a spade would admit that we have come a long way from how things were in the 1960’s but that we still have a long distance to travel to get to the attainment of color-blindness in the Church.   Many Churches today see multiculturalism as a badge of honor, so they claim to be multicultural Churches, even though many times the justification for such claim is questionable.  I have observed that there are six categories of Churches based on the degree to which they embrace multiculturalism. Continue reading

The Interplay Between Christianity and Politics

This Is the first month of the year 2013.  This year follows the presidential election year of 2012, and this month is 22 months away from the next round of congressional elections.  It is therefore my hope that this is a safe enough time for one to engage in a meaningful, balanced dialogue on the interplay between Christianity and politics without being accused of being motivated by a hidden political agenda.

When the Pharisees and the Herodians approached our Lord and asked Him if it was lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not, our Lord’s answer was, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21).   Our Lord’s answer implied that anyone who lives on this earth must have to deal with the government.   Paul generalized our Lord’s point when he called on Christians to respect the governing authorities (see Romans 13:1-7).

The question then is not if Christianity and politics do mix, the question is how they should mix.  To contend that Christians disavow politics is to refuse to face the reality of the world in which we live.  I propose what I believe is a biblical principle, if not the biblical principle, in this discussion, namely, a three-tier, clearly hierarchical, system of loyalty—Loyalty to God, loyalty to the nation, and loyalty to your party.

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