Reason #3 Ignorance
There are some ignorant people in this world and many of those ignorant people are leading churches around the country. Before you get all bent out of shape and begin to say things in your head like “Who you callin’ ignorant Willis or My pastor is not ignorant” let’s look at the definition of ignorance. I have actually copied the entire chunk of definitions, in order to provide more context.
- The condition of being ignorant; the want of knowledge in general, or in relation to a particular subject; the state of being uneducated or uninformed.
- Ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. –Shak.
- (Theol.) A willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge which one may acquire and it is his duty to have. –Book of Common Prayer.
By looking at these definitions of ignorance, each and every one of us are ignorant about some things; although just because I am ignorant doesn’t mean I have to stay ignorant. There are so many pastors, church leaders and congregations that lack the knowledge of this particular subject called Church Diversity. They don’t know what to say in fear of offending someone, they don’t know where to start because they are uneducated in this area, they assume things that aren’t true because they are uninformed and the list goes on and on.
Let’s take another look at the 3rd. definition of ignorance (above) from the book of common prayer. “A willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge which one may acquire and it is his duty to have.” I personally feel that pastors and church leaders have a duty and responsibility to at least be knowledgeable about Church Diversity; this knowledge is the beginning of understanding. If our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, we have to understand that sometimes that “People” will not always be the box of people that look like us or those currently attending our church.
I will close with definition #2 from above: Ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. If pastors and church leaders at least make an effort to be knowledgeable and educated on what it means to embrace diversity it will change their minds, heart and perspective. Does this mean they will have a diverse church tomorrow? Absolutely not! Again, if church leaders and pastors at least open their minds and hearts to learn… God will do the rest in context of their church and their community. Be Open and Don’t Be Ignorant!
Are You Ignorant? Is Your Church Ignorant? Is Your Pastor Ignorant? Do We Have To Stay Ignorant? Thoughts!