“It’s a nice all-white community.”
“I mean there is a difference.”
“I just wouldn’t want my daughter bringing one home.”
“Bi-racial kids are confused about their identity.”
Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. 1 Cor. 12:13
I was born in 1975, far after the peak of the Civil Rights Movement. And I have personally heard all of those comments.
I am white. And I have personally heard all of those comments from other white people.
I am a Christian. And I have personally heard all of those comments from other self-proclaimed Christians.
I am a spiritual leader. I have personally heard all of those comments spoken from other men and women who hold influential positions in the church- from Sunday school teachers to preachers and elders.
It is not geographical.
I have traveled all over North America. From the Caribbean to Alabama to Ohio to Ontario. Racism is in all those places. Racism is not limited to white Christians in the South.
It is not generational.
Racism is not limited to my grandmother’s generation either. I have heard my peers use derogatory terms and prejudiced language.
It is not limited to low-income.
Racism is not a poor man’s ideology. I know average, middle class and even upper class white Christians who harbor a white separatist philosophy.
It is not restricted by education.
Some well-educated men, professional men of the church have yet to relinquish their supremacist philosophy.
It is sin.
And people will come from all over the world—from east and west, north and south—to take their places in the Kingdom of God. Luke 13:29
Then he said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone.” Mark 16:15
There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal. 3:28
For God does not show favoritism. Rom. 2:12
It must end.
If we are going to truly be Christ-followers, if we are going to claim allegiance to his kingdom, if we are going to claim to follow the bible and emulate the New Testament church- it must stop. I am sick of us being ok with “black churches” or “white churches” or “Spanish churches.” The Jesus who died for me, built just ONE church. His church. The united body of Jesus.
Maybe you are a “white” Christian reading this and figuring that’s not you. Maybe you are wondering if it is you.
- Have you ever said or thought any of those things before?
- Are you afraid or nervous around people of another race?
- Do you have any pictures in your home of any non-white people?
- Do you think all people of a certain race all look alike or act the same?
- Do you call anyone from another race by name?
- Do your kids call anyone of another race by name?
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.