As I look back over the last fifteen years of leading a multi-ethnic congregation I am more committed than ever to this beautiful expression of the gospel. It is a joy to worship in a community that celebrates our God-given differences.
In the 1994 movie Corrina, Corrina, there’s a wonderful scene with two little girls that gives hope for what can be in multi-ethnic community.
Molly (a little white girl) says to Lizzie (a little black girl), “Do you taste like chocolate?” Lizzie responds, “I don’t know, do you taste like vanilla?”
For the next few moments they proceed to lick each others cheeks!
Inquisitiveness is innate to children. It’s normal for a child to wonder and ask probing questions of discovery. Inquiry about skin tone and hair texture flows without inhibition. Then we grow up. As adults we sense the barriers that society has set up and fear keeps us from getting close to them and each other. Instead we rely on our self-made fig leaves and our shame keeps us from far from each other. However, when we come to Christ together his grace clothes and opens up new realities.
Multi-ethnic community is about growing young in an environment where curiosity is cultivated as the norm for christian relationships.