Updated: Apr 16, 2020
Racism in The Church
I never thought I would find racism within my inner church family. It’s interesting how many of us deny common knowledge when we’re confronted with situations. Notions like imperfect human beings fall short of living out God’s words every living second. We have to come to grips with the fact that the history of Christianity is stained with slavery. Although we believe Jesus’ blood make the believer’s life white as snow, it doesn’t replace the process of restoration. Part of the process is being real with the person in the mirror and having uncomfortable conversations about our prejudices and bias idiosyncrasies. For instance the subtle low expectation of blacks, the institutionalized stigma of filling leadership roles with a certain race, and interracial bigotries are among many unspoken elephants lurking in the church community. When people are afraid to have these uncomfortable conversations, one of two things happen: members get frustrated and leave the congregation, or they grow bitter roots to the point of abandoning the faith altogether. As we gear up to share the love of God to the world, testimonies will be more powerful than ever.
Racism planted America’s liberty tree. The land of the free has deep roots in slavery. It continues to bear strange fruits because the people who are most qualified to address and cut the bad weeds are silent: the chu