Northern Nevada has the stigma of having more strip clubs than clothing stores, more time using meth than math, and having an average BAC that is higher than the average GPA. But there is one cultural sin that is often overlooked:
Nevada has historically been criticized as the “Mississippi of the West,” and has even had to rewrite racially insensitive historical markers.
In the “I Am Reconciled” sermon, Pastor Harvey Turner explains how every race and language is united in Jesus, saying “Jesus has come to save all races.” (see Rev. 7:9). The curtain in the temple (which kept Gentiles out) was torn, and the racial dividing wall has been torn (Matt. 27:51).
In Christ, there is no distinction between age, race, gender, social or economic standing (Gal. 3:23). But do our churches reflect this? This isn’t simply a “white” issue. As Harvey says, “Whatever [racial] group you come from has racism in it.”
You don’t have to be in Reno long to figure out that it is overwhelmingly Caucasian. Here are the racial demographics of Reno, Sparks, Elko, Carson City, and Truckee (as of the 2010 census):
Black or African American
American Indian and Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
("Hispanic" can be of any race)
Do our churches reflect the racial demographics of our city? They should. As Harvey points out, “When you start seeing people through the cross of Jesus, you stop seeing them through their tribe.” Our goal should be that all races within our region would be represented at Living Stones Churches. Have you prayed for this?
This change in the demographics of our churches starts with us as individuals. Does racial insensitivity or insecurity about your race inhibit your relationships? If so, heed these words from Pastor Harvey:
“Racism is foolishness.”