CELEBRATE CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST!!!!!
“In Christ there is no east nor west in him no south or north but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.” (The Martins A Cappella hymn collection) He is the GOD of everywhere!
As believers let us appreciate and celebrate all believers-we are ONE ARMY! Let us recognize and respect that our climate, cultures, cuisine and clothing may be different BUT we worship the King of Kings…Jesus Christ the same Yesterday, and today and forever…..
As part of an African American Holiness tradition in the United States,I understand, appreciate and celebrate how and why we wear certain uniforms/ vestments and why we approach ceremonial occasions like affirmations, consecrations and installations like we do. With these special services, order and uniform is an important part of this tradition. Having said that, let us who are part of an African American Holiness tradition not get confused or limit our thinking in that what we do is right for all. Some of our practices in the United States are not necessary or important for those in the body of Christ in other cultures around the world..their dress is different, their culture is different…. There are other challenges and concerns….so let us be careful in how we make claims about what is a mandate, when in fact, in other parts of the world, men and women of God are doing the work of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers…. And they do so without fanfare and ceremony….or if they have a “service” their ceremonial attire could be very different from our attire…so as we grow in grace, let us understand that the Body of Christ is diverse and just because others don’t approach ceremonial occasions like we do…does not mean that they are out of order….SEE THE WORLD OUTSIDE OF YOUR WORLDVIEW……
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© Dr. Fay Maureen Butler, 2015, Huldahs House Ministries Inc, Word Press