Whose people are we? People have pointed out that the most racially segregated hour of the week in America is on Sunday mornings. Is that true?
It has also been suggested that the “Worship Hour” is also the most economically homogeneous point of the week. Churches tend to attract their own kind—economically, racially, and with regard to our theological temperament as well.
Our scriptures are full of incidents in which lines were drawn between one group of people and another. We will hear some of those scriptures today. But upon closer inspection, it may be that what at first sounds exclusive to our ears might be more inclusive than we first thought. All week long this past week we have been exploring what it means to be “Christian” in a context in which Christianity is no longer granted privileged status. And we have considered what it is like to have grown up a non-Christian in the predominantly Christian culture of the United States. This morning, we are pushing that theme a bit harder, and doing so without losing what is distinctive and specific to our lives as followers of Jesus.
Whose people are we? We are God’s people. And the good news is that doesn’t make us different from anyone else. Quite the opposite—that is the central truth that binds all of humankind together!
Message: You Are God’s People. Really!