For those who do not know what Baskin Robbins is, it is an ice cream shop known for its 31 flavors. Then in the late 1990s, Alana Davis sang that she was 32 flavors and then some. I think this ideology slipped into the church somehow. Instead of people of all ethnic backgrounds worshiping together despite preference and style, we began to give people more flavors from which to choose.
Since we started Overcomers Church, we have set the standard from the beginning that we will appreciate all Christ-exalting lyrics presented in various musical genres. All people are welcome to worship with us. We have had people come in who were not accepted in “white churches” because of their ethnic background. They love it with us and are loved by us. We have broken down the class barrier by not demanding people meet a certain dress requirement. Most everyone who comes understands modesty. We have removed the labels and done our best to be about Jesus.
I know that people have their preferences, and that is fine. I do ask that you continue to pray for us as we strive to break down denominational and ethnic barriers in the name of Jesus. While some focus on flavor selection, we focus on authentic Christian community. That is much more satisfying to the soul!