Ethnic diversity in the Church
By J. Daniel Hays, Ouachita Baptist University · Jan 25, 2021
Like many Christians, I grew up thinking the Bible was a story about people who looked a lot like me. This natural assumption was strengthened by my pictorial Bible (with Renaissance-era paintings of European-looking characters), Sunday school material, and Hollywood movies like The Ten Commandments (with Charlton Heston playing Moses). Perhaps you grew up with this same impression.
As I grew older and began to study the Bible more seriously, however, I realized this was a rather naïve and immature perspective. I discovered that the Bible’s storyline reflects quite a bit of fascinating ethnic diversity. And this diversity appears to be an important part of the storyline.
Here are six brief observations that changed my understanding of ethnic diversity in the Bible—and thus my perspective on ethnic diversity in the church.