Houston, once a growing city fueled by the oil industry, NASA and it”s inland port, has of late become much more that just that.
Now recognized as the most ethnically diverse city in America, H-Town is no longer a booming city made up of people who moved from little towns in East Texas and Louisiana. Neither is it limited to oil company transfers, snowbirds from the Mid-West, African-Americans from rural Southern towns, or Hispanics who migrated northward form the Valley and points south. It is all of the above and more. A lot more.
The nation”s fourth-largest city boasts large numbers of Hispanics, Africans, Asians, Europeans, Native Americans, transplanted Californians and New Yorkers (and such) as well as home-grown Texans, who are a mish-mash of blended nationalities from the immigrants who settled this land. These groups are further defined by a few hundred specific nationalities, and flavored with an amazing smorgasbord of cultural traditions. For the most part they find Houston a great place to live!
You can easily and quickly find cuisine from several South American countries, Vietnam, Thailand, Jamaica, Italy, France, the Philippines or Germany. Of course, we have the best Tex-Mex in America and オンライン カジノ arguably the best barbecue.
Shouldn”t a church look like it”s demographics? Schools don”t segregate. Neither does the marketplace or the job force. How do we demonstrate our love for one another to the extent that the world realizes we are authentic Christians?
In America”s most diverse city, we have a unique opportunity. Churches can become beautifully blended as spiritual families. A church can joyfully share cultural identity instead of hiding behind our perceived differences. While racial pride, racism”s first cousin, is rooted in insecurity, cultural affirmation is a product of bridge-building, understanding and love for one another. You simply can”t have it both ways.
Every week I see people from nations around the world worshipping with each other, and also with folks who have never been out of Texas! A strong Nigerian prayer warrior unites with a guy from West Texas to pray for the service. Houston – car rental . Singers from Katy, Chicago and Guatamala are backed up by musicians from Venezuela, California and H-Town. A Jamaican elder lays hands on a Filipino member of his prayer group, believing for his healing. http://hosannahouston.org/en/2015/03/23/a-blended-spiritual-family/An African-American man and his Hispanic wife invite a white couple to have lunch. It”s another Sunday at a church for all people!
After all, the heart of Jesus is not recognized by color but by character. And his church is definitely blended. I love it that way.