Pluralism. Our nation
Some think it means an
all-inclusiveness that respects people of all races and religions.
To others it is a byword for political correctness an attempt
to legitimize odd (or sinful) lifestyles.
To one its a campaign,
to another a curse.
The dictionary defines
pluralism as "a condition in which numerous distinct ethnic,
religious, or cultural groups are present and tolerated within a
society" (American Heritage Dictionary).
Pluralism can be what
makes America great
and it can be the source of Americas
Christians need to take
it for what it is opportunity. When people with different
lifestyles enter our churches, many Christians are offended. Should
a woman with tattoos, a man with earrings, or a youth with green
hair and body piercings show up on the front row in one of our services
there would be plenty who would react: "Well, I never ... !"
Thats the problem.
Some people warm pews, piously agree with the need to evangelize,
then get put out when the unseemly and unsaved show up in our showpiece
sanctuaries. They "never" really come in contact with
the lost, hurting and rejected.
With the radical, even
distasteful, appearance people can have today, it is easy to sit
in the seat of the Pharisee, judging people legalistically by their
I have been with missionaries
in many parts of the globe. The appearance of idol-worshiping pagans
can be grotesque and distasteful, yet these are the people we send
our missionaries to reach. Is it hypocritical to approve of foreign
missions but disdain the neo-pagan of the U.S. because their presence
shocks our sense of decorum?
These are the people
Jesus came to reach and we are now His hands to touch them.
There are hungry people today who are disdained by professing Christians.
"Well, I never
"? Perhaps it really means, "Well,
I never really wanted those kinds of people in our church."
Pluralism merely tolerates.
Christianity must embrace. There are souls beneath those rough exteriors.
People are starving today
physically and spiritually. May God help us if we refuse
to feed them because we dont like the way they look.
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