I’m Better Than You
It’s a heart issue and a sin issue when our hearts are filled with bigotry, hatred, or the elitism mentality, which thinks, “I’m better than you” because of the color of my skin or where I live.
I’m better than you.
Those words jumped off the page at me when I read Scott Williams‘ new book Church Diversity: Sunday The Most Segregated Day of the Week. Of course we don’t say those words out loud, but how often do we say them with our actions or by our passivity or inactivity?
As church leaders, we have a responsibility to address the issues of segregation that plague our churches. Do we care? Are we even aware? Do we turn a blind eye? Do we dismiss it as irrelevant?
The word “leadership,” if taken seriously, comes with a great deal of responsibility. If you place the word “Christian” in front of the word leadership, you take leadership to a whole “nutha” level. When it comes to the subject of church diversity, most Christian leaders are absent. The term “absent” isn’t used to be critical; it’s just a reality that many Christian leaders will play it safe when it comes to this issue. Leaders are stuck in the chasm known as “comfortable familiarity” and therefore, make the issue of church diversity one of those “someone else’s” backyard issues. The truth is it’s not someone else’s backyard, it’s my backyard, your back- yard, and the backyard of anyone who calls himself or herself a follower of Christ.
Are you stuck in “comfortable familiarity”?
What are you going to do about it?