How will we respond?
I’ve been doing some reading on race relations in Churches of Christ this evening, motivated by a blog article called Race & Restoration here: http://dkizer.blogspot.com/
I’m frustrated because this is 2006, and if anything, Dr. King’s words ring even MORE true. The MOST segregated hour in America is Sunday morning worship time, and it is just plain wrong. I don’t have any solutions offhand, and I apologize for bringing up a problem without being able to offer a solution.
The only reason I do it is because the American church is facing another growing dilemma. The immigration issue is not going to go away. More and more poverty-stricken Hispanic people are in our communities every day. Many of these people do live here illegally. Because of their lack of papers, they cannot deposit the money they earn in the bank. As this is a relatively well-known issue (especially with the great amount of press immigration is getting today), these Hispanics are being preyed upon by violent criminals, especially in our metropolitan areas. This is an awful situation, and it reminds me of the life of a Galilean Jew in the 1st century. . . stuck between the rock of Roman extortion and the ‘hard place’ of Judean prejudice.
How the American church responds to this crisis may define the legacy we leave to our children.
in HIS love,
P.S. – One question: What do you think would happen if all the white Christians in your area stopped worshipping at their local place of assembly, and started showing up at the closest black church? I think it would certainly say something to the world about our unity in Christ!