Is Integrating The Church A Spiritual Issue For Christians?
Posted by Job on August 4, 2008
According to the article below:
only 5 percent of American churches are integrated. Now personally, I see this state of affairs as a poor witness of the unconditional love of Jesus Christ to the world. This has nothing to do with liberal politically correct multicultural agendas, but rather the fact that the church quite simply should reflect the Jesus Christ of the Bible. Yet so many of us are very comfortable with the church reflecting fallen man’s sinful and worldly culture. Now of course, segregation is only one manifestation of this much larger problem, and it is likely nowhere near the worst of it. Still, one has to acknowledge that this situation exists because of people seeking their own comfort – among other agendas – rather than seeking Jesus Christ.
That said, wow, it is hard to really condemn specific individuals – let alone communities at large – over this. Blaming white people is difficult because most whites quite simply live in areas that have virtually no blacks. We are, after all, 13% of the population! And as far as blaming blacks, forget it. The black church exists because black culture exists, and black culture exists because of things that were imposed on us by whites: slavery, segregation, discrimination. Now I would LOVE to be able to promote the notion that blacks should be the ones to take the responsibility of integrating the church upon themselves, but I cannot. Why? I cannot come up with a doctrinally sound Biblically based reason. It would be convenient if, say, I could claim that white churches are more doctrinally sound and theologically deep. But when you consider that the apostate theologically liberal mainline Protestant denominations are overwhelmingly white, that is untenable. So, in the absence of an overriding spiritual mandate, blacks going about integrating churches would be a social movement done for worldly reasons, not a spiritual movement to honor the Son and glorify the Father under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In a similar fashion, so would suggesting that white Christians in Wyoming move to South Central Los Angeles to enjoy the benefits of fellowship of blacks plus not a few Latinos and Asians. (It would be nice were whites in Wyoming to increase their fellowship with Native Americans, whom Wiconi International estimates is only 2% Christian, but that is another track.)
So just maybe the sad fact that Sunday morning is the most segregated time in America is an issue that we should pay no heed to, and we as Christians would be better served dedicating our time and efforts on works that we know for a certainty that the Bible has placed at our charge. We must have faith that among the truly regenerated faithful, Jesus Christ will work out the problems of segregation and racism by and by, and our efforts towards that end should be on evangelism, missionary work, and helping the poor so that we might obediently submit to God and allow Him to use us to increase the numbers of the regenerated faithful.