The church should be a place where people say, “I’m not sure about their practices or their God, but I know one thing…those Christians sure know how to love people.”
Can that be said about your church?
7) Who did Jesus die for? Not the white and black church.
I grew up in the deep south. In my hometown, there were white churches and black churches. No one asked questions. No one saw it as alarming.
White and black churches would get together once a year to worship and gorge themselves on food. Even during my teenage years, I saw this as odd. Every segment of society had moved passed the racial barrier … except the church. What Martin Luther King, Jr. said years ago is still true, “Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.”
I went to school with black people. They were my good friends. I played sports with people of other races. My parents worked with people of other races. But I didn’t go to church with people of other races. On Sunday morning, white people went to white church. Black people went to black church.
To this day, the only legitimate response I’ve received is, “It’s not about race, Frank. It’s about preferences and cultural differences.”
Accepting racially or socio-economically divided churches is SIN.
Let’s call white churches and black churches what they are…SIN. The church is a reflection of the coming kingdom. In heaven, all nations, people groups and skin colors will worship God.
If your church is almost exclusively white, black or Latino, I’m not saying you should trash your church and start over. You should, however, work toward reconciliation. Pray for it. Preach on it. Practice it.
Jesus didn’t die for white churches and black churches. He died for the church, a beautiful reflection of God’s perfect love for all races and nations.
It’s your turn to answer the question, “Who did Jesus die for?” What are some other types of churches Jesus didn’t die for? Leave a comment below.
I love you all. To God be the glory forever. Amen!