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Biblical Perspective on the Ethnic Divides in our Nation

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Date: August 13, 2017

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

God created the world to be different and interdependent

All life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. Did you ever stop to think that you can’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent on most of the world? You get up in the morning and go to the bathroom and reach over for the sponge, and that’s handed to you by a Pacific islander. You reach for a bar of soap, and that’s given to you at the hands of a Frenchman. And then you go into the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning, and that’s poured into your cup by a South American. And maybe you want tea: that’s poured into your cup by a Chinese. Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa for breakfast, and that’s poured into your cup by a West African. And then you reach over for your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker. And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured; this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality. - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 Christmas Sermon on Peace

Sin corrupts God's design by moving us toward sameness and separation

 

God discerns the personal and systemic expressions of sin

Sin discerns only the bigotry, division, and injustices of others

 

God laments the presence of bigotry, division, and injustice in our world

Sin rejoices over and minimizes the pain of others

 

God commissions his church...

...as a new humanity - diverse and interdependent;

In 1900 over 80% of the world Christian population was Caucasian and over 70% resided in Europe. Today [2009] there are more practicing Christians in Africa than all European countries combined. Uganda has more Anglicans than Britain and America combined. This Sunday there were more Presbyterians in Ghana than Scotland. Brazil sends more overseas missionaries than Britain or Canada. In 1970 there were no legally functioning churches in China, but in 2009 it is estimated that the number of practicing Christians in China is equal to or greater than the United States. The looming explosion of Christianity is in the Muslim world where 2/3 of unreached people groups live. - Mark Noll 

...who repent and lament the realities of sin;

...and who pursue justice through sustained action