Thursday, May 12, 2016

This Sunday @ Locust Hill UMC: Pentecost

We say "everyone is welcome" at our church but what we really mean is everyone is welcome that look like us, talk like us, and act like us. Those that are different, those that are of a different economic class need not apply. Sure we might not say this but it is somewhat implied. 

We have all heard that Sunday is the most segregated time of the week. If heaven is made up of this diverse voices of all creation... Wal-Mart is more like heaven than our churches. 

At least for a moment Pentecost breaks through this barrier. People from all over, different cultures, different ways of life, different ways of speaking, different languages were all hearing the gospel in their own language. God was speaking to them the way they would hear their mother speak to them. 

I believe this is still the kind of beloved community that God's spirit is longing to bring about. The question for us as a church is are we ready for God to pour out us in this way? Or do we continue to chase after our Babel and continue to self-preserve ourselves by continuing to say yet not truly mean "All are welcome...".