Americans may have elected a black man as president, but it's segregation as usual in U.S. churches, according to the scholars. Only about 5 percent of the nation's churches are racially and ethnically integrated, and half of them are in the process of becoming all-black or all-white, says Curtiss Paul DeYoung, co-author of "United by Faith," a book that examines interracial churches in the United States.
You will find multi-racial and multi-cultural environments at work and in most neighborhoods in America. But on Sunday morning you will find the biggest racial divide in America. The churches of America are the main bastion of racism in America today. We were slapped in the face with this fact during the recent Presidential campaign In where the Reverend Wrights of our country were spotlighted. The term Black Theology hit the headlines. Then on the other side of the coin we have the Korean Baptist Church, The Samoan Assembly and the Iglesia De Dios and of course The Aryan Nation/ Church of Jesus Christ Christian. These are just some examples, but about 95% of churches in this Country are segregated by race and ethnicity. It seems that it is by the choice of those who attend the churches. What does that say about Americans? It says, in my opinion, that we will not totally back away from the racism that has been a shameful part of our history as a nation.We put a good face forward during the week, but come Sunday Morning It's back to our racial comfort zones.
It is not just one race that perpetrates this segregation, It is apparently across the board and Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians and all other cultures and ethnicities take part in it. We are all guilty of perpetuating the Sunday morning travesty, So now the question is what can be done about it?
Martin Luther King Jr. Stated "We must face the fact that in America, the church is still the most segregated major institution in America. At 11:00 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing and Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation." I believe that bringing this fact out into the open is a good step in right direction. Next we as church goers must become not only listeners to the Gospel but also active practitioners of it. Also we can no longer tolerate the preaching of division from those who stand in our pulpits. Finally, we must become Christians in the full sense and become one nation of Americans regardless of race or ethnicity. We must have respect for each other as Christians and as Americans. We must become "One Nation Under God."
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