NOLA is epicenter again
June 20 2012
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina made New Orleans and surrounding areas the epicenter of unwelcome attention. Seven years later the city is the focus of attention for a different reason. Major media outlets are abuzz with Southern Baptists’ election of Fred Luter as the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention (Read the story).
This is a very historic step for a denomination born out of conflict in an era of slavery. Now 10 percent of SBC churches are African American. Many of our churches are made up of Asians, Native Americans, Hispanics and hundreds of other ethnic peoples from around the world. So, Luter’s election is a signal to these churches, also.
It says to everyone that we are a multi-cultural people, and we want our churches on earth to look like the population of heaven. It says we are serious about loving and welcoming all people who want to follow Christ. It says that when the focus of our worship is the true, living God, we are comfortable with all who want to bow down before Him and give Him glory.
Ultimately, all of us are an audience to Almighty God. It is not within our authority to choose His audience. Our hearts are open to His purposes.
It is all about the gospel. This is our message. This is our mission. This is our existence.
"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen" (Jude 1:24-25, NASB).
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