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  1. Valerie (Kyriosity) says:

    My former church’s motto was from John 17:21 — “United that the world would know.” The temptation was to instead be “Diverse that the world would notice.” Pursuing diversity for diversity’s sake or for coolness’ sake or for marketing’s sake is not a worthy goal. Only diversity in Christ, created by Christ, for Christ’s sake is worth pursuing.

    Diversity is also, to some extent, a matter of circumstances. If your church is in Outer Mongolia, don’t beat yourself up for the lack of Hispanics in the congregation. My mom’s little church in very rural New Hampshire needn’t feel the least glitch of worry over being all white. Love your neighbors, and if you do that well, your church will include your neighbors…of whatever hues they happen to be.

    1. MarkSingleton says:

      Good word Valerie. Really good insights.

  2. Asiyah says:

    I think the reference to Jim Jones ignores the fact that the man was insane. Regardless of who the lead pastor is there has to be governance and accountability so that people are being shepherded properly. Holding fast to the gospel is definitely more important than diversity but that doesn’t negate the import of having diversity of class, race, gender, etc. within the Church.

    1. MarkSingleton says:

      Asiyah, Thanks tons for responding! I would agree that holding fast to the gospel doesn’t negate seeking diversity of churches. And though Jim Jones is definitely an extreme example I would say that it’s an example worth learning from. My push isn’t, don’t diversify but when seeking diversity, Keep Jesus on the throne. Thanks again for the response.

  3. Tyshan Broden says:

    I think this topic is too deep to really write about. I do love the surface overview that is presented here. The absolute truth is that Jesus must be the center of the church period no matter what the goal of the church is. The reality is that racial reconciliation is slow and needs to start in the church but isnt. We live in a country that accepts a gay couple more than they accept an interracial couple.

    1. MarkSingleton says:

      I completely agree Tyshan. Sometimes when I write on these issues it disheartens me to know that it is such a complex issue that I’ll never elaborate enough on. My writing can never give it the justice it deserves. In the same token, it seems that racial reconciliation takes a lot of time like you said and the problem is few churches are seeking it. Thank you for commenting and reading. It’s an encouragement.

  4. george canady says:

    Is it possible until we discern who our neighbor really is according to the royal law, we will never treat “others” with love in a way that pleases God? And if the evidence is that we are displeasing God on Sunday, Well…..

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