After getting some distance from the States, I've gained some valuable insight into the American Church compared to what I've seen here in Europe. As an American, I feel as though we have made God out to be a….
- Brown haired & brown eyed
- English speaking
- Republican voting
- Southern Baptist
- and of course a member at a Texas-sized mega church
Yet God is so much bigger than that. We really put Him in a box if that's our view of God -- the Creator and Owner of the universe. And don't get me wrong, I think we do that because that's what we know. That's what we are comfortable with. But I challenge you to challenge your paradigm of God. Who do you think God is? How do you see Him? Does that description ring any bells with you?
We sang worship songs switching languages for each verse. They read the scriptures in various languages; a pastor gave a message which was translated into the other languages; and we even had a time of corporate prayer where everyone prayed in their mother tongue. Unbelievable!
People attended from all different cultures, backgrounds and denominations. There were a dozen plus different skin tones in the crowd and although we didn't look alike or speak the same langauge, we came together united as ONE to worship God.
Now that is THE Church!
He is multilingual.
He is not a denomination.
He is not an impressive building.
He is not a religion.
He is a Person who wants a relationship with His people, not a bunch of religious do's and don'ts, man made rules and denominational factions. We've gotten away from the true heart of God -- the heart of God is people. Yesterday was a great reminder of that.
The Church (capital C) is best represented when people who don't look alike, who don't speak the same langauge, who don't belong to the same denomination or congregation, come together united in Christ under one roof to worship God. That is the Church.
Why focus on what's different about us? Let's rejoice and celebrate the things we have in common.
It's like a tapestry. A tapestry would look boring if each stitch and thread were the same. It's in the variety -- the colors, patterns and textures -- that make a tapestry beautiful. So let's unite in Christ. Let's embrace our differences.
There you have my thoughts and my conclusion: God is NOT a Southern Baptist (nor a member of the American Rebulican Party!) Lol!