It is not the immigrants who should integrate… the church should integrate in society!

A lot can be said about McDonalds… In Sweden we have this love-hate relationship with this hamburger giant. There are voices about their products, their environmental involvement, their low-wages, their franchising, you name it and we will have something to say about it. At the same time there are a few things to be learned from this company. In an article in SVD Raymond Mankowitz, the director of communication of McDonalds said: It is not the immigrants who should integrate but the companies have to integrate into society. Quite a powerful statement! He addressed the inability of Swedish companies to integrate into the reality of the Swedish society which happens to be a multi-cultural society!

If companies have an issue in this regard… so much more has the Church in Sweden! Our middle class “Svensson churches” have a real problem to adjust to the reality of the 21st century and the society we live in… not only in regards to the questions it tries to answer and the issues it tries to address, but especially also in regards to be relevant to a multi-cultural society and context. Our churches as a whole, need to be integrated to the reality of our society… With this I DO NOT MEAN to compromise and to bring a watered down Gospel as a political correct ingredient of multiculturalism (which is very different from being multi-cultural!).

My prayer is that the 11.00 am Sunday morning segregation will be replaced by a multi-cultural in-depth integrated community of believers who celebrate the fact that Jesus broke down all the barriers between us and His heavenly Father and each other in a true spirit of togetherness!

That’s the Way I see it!

John

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2 responses to “It is not the immigrants who should integrate… the church should integrate in society!

  1. John:

    I appreciated your post. It helps us in North America understand that we are not the only continent where the church of Jesus Christ needs to look beyond ministering to just its own kind and reach out to all in her ethnically diverse communities. I invite you to visit my blog. I cover only topics that are related to multi-ethnic multi-cultural ministry.

  2. John you speak as I feel in my heart! A great part of my time goes to this issue. We need a non-Svensson church as well as (perhaps) a Svensson one: we need a church that is Sámi, Finnish, Persian, African etc etc. You should have been at our conference on this issue in November 🙂

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