A Different Mindset

18 Apr

Russell Moore:

“Your people can’t have the mindset of, “We are going to minister to the other ethnic groups around us.” Especially when your people have the mindset of, “We are here in this primarily Latino community­­­—or it is becoming more Latino­—so let’s minister to the Hispanic people in our community.” That is a mindset that I think needs to change, especially among majority ethnic groups of white people of America.

White people in America are really a tiny minority in the body of Christ. We are part of a cloud of witnesses, the Scripture says, in heaven. There aren’t many white people there. Abraham is not a white guy, and neither is Jesus. These are Middle Eastern, Jewish people. Augustine is an African. You go through the whole list of everyone in the history of the church and that great cloud around us. We are not the people that God has given—whoever the majority race is or ethnic group in that church is­—to bless the nations. The nations are being blessed through the seed of Abraham, which is Christ. Which means we need to change that mindset.

We also need to recognize that the people in that congregation are not just going to minister to, but are going to be ministered to. It is easy, especially for some of us who have Messiah complexes, to want to minister to all sorts of people, because we can be in charge of that. We need to say, “We want to be ministered to in ways we don’t even recognize we need to be ministered to.”

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