Multicultural Christianity

By | April 3, 2005

O.K. A new thought here. As I was considering the issues we’ve been discussing on race and culture, I realized I can’t think of a reason or precedent for being multicultural outside of the context of Christianity. I firmly believe that unity among people with all kind of differences is a sign of the kingdom. Therefore, I think it’s essential when possible to have fellowship across these boundaries.

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  • ladyofglass

    Absolutely!

  • Another point of support: for nearly half of it’s exsisance, the church was essentially unified.

    • ladyofglass

      Half? really? I haven’t done the math. So the shattering of the Body has been a recent thing.

      *sigh* It needs mending.

      • As I understand it (and I admit to only having done limited study of church history), with the exception of a couple of smaller groups, the church was unified until the great schism in 1054. That was when the bishop of Rome, known as the pope, excommunicated the bishop of Constantinople, and thereby spilting the western church (now known as roman catholic) from the eastern church (known as eastern orthodox). Then for the next 500 years the church exsisted as two, though in most cases seperated geographically. (There is the sad case of the catholics sacking christian constantinople during the crusades.) Shortly after 1500 Martin Luther came onto the scene an sparked the reformation. As the word implies, it was not Luther’s intention to split from the church, simply to reform it. His followers however did split off from the church, introducing the notion that a group could decide to form their own church and thus, slowly at first, commenced the shattering of the church.

        The Greek impire introduced official religion of the state. That tradition carried over to the Roman impire. Since the time that Emperor Constantine converted to Christ, christianity had been the religion of most of Europe. Even long after the reformation, you generally only had one church in any one country, Lutherens in Germany, and Anglicans in England for example. Groups who wanted to and were trying to worship in their own way under their own leadership were being persecuted, even killed in cases. That is why many of them chose to make the long extremely difficult and dangerous journey to a place known as America. That gives light to the whole freedom of religion and non-establishment clause in the bill of rights, of our counrty.

        So basically, it wasn’t until the past several hundred years that we’ve seen the mass fragmentation of the church, although the majority of that is within the prodestant realm. There have been some exciting things happening within the last hundred years or so though. Steps are being made to try to reconcile between different factions in the church.