What White Churches Won’t Talk About: Racism

For quite some time, I have been concerned about the racial divide in America specifically in relation to the church. The hour of worship continues to be the most segregated hour of the week, and many people seem to be fine with that. I’m not! My first positive taste of evangelical Christianity was in a church that was fairly ethnically blended for its day but is more so now. I left Virginia to find that the regions of the South where I have lived since 1998 do not embrace that so much.

I had the privilege to watch Pastor JD Greear of the Summit Church in Durham, NC address the issue of “Race and America” in the first of a 3-Part series tonight. I want to encourage you to listen the next two Mondays at 7 pm EST on Facebook live. Others will be addressing this issue in the next 2 weeks. Pastor JD did a phenomenal job tonight articulating the issue. I hope they will make this available on their website, summitrdu.com, and the Summit Church app.

As much as I long to see more ethnic diversity among faith communities, I need more knowledge. You are probably in the same boat. Set your alarm for the next 2 Mondays at 7 pm EST to watch these much needed discussions.

8 thoughts on “What White Churches Won’t Talk About: Racism

  1. We get people of other races in our church but they tend to move on. One reason is that a bus from a city about an hour away drives to our town to pick up people to take to their church and it’s possibly multi-racial or at least the same as the race of the people they’re picking up. I get why they may feel outnumbered or want to be with like-cultural folks. Our music is not the same style, and the influx and outgo has to do with the transitory nature of people in our society. The ones apt to stay because they’ve connected get a chance to move out of town to better themselves, and they take advantage of the opportunity. It’s kind of complicated. If God reminds me, I’d be interested. I can jot it down, but the way my life goes sometimes, it may come to pass and it may pass me by. Thanks for the info.

  2. While in college in Tennessee, I attended a wonderful church where I was the only peachish-tan person there. I went there for that year because that church was the most welcoming and inviting church in the area and praised and worshipped with their whole heart and great truth and Bible reading there. It to me was church while I was there and I was blessed to have been there. And I think the whole race issue is horrible and anti- Jesus and divisive and comes mostly from ignorance. God made people. He loves variety and all are welcome in His kingdom. We are family.❤

  3. From my experience, some white churches ARE racist. I am bi-racial and have worked at two churches. With the first one, when they learned my background, I heard plenty of negative comments from people, including the pastor. Then I was let go within a month. I decided to give another church a chance. Guess what. Same thing happened there.

    Two different communities, both of which are in towns that have at least a few different ethnic groups. Any of the ethnic groups could easily attend either of those churches, but there is only one race that attend those two churches; white.

    I think what Tonya wrote about a church being welcoming and inviting, no matter who you are, is what is needed. Attitude is everything. That is the first thing that “outsiders” pick up on – attitude.

    Last Sunday my husband and I attended a church at the invitation of a friend. First time in years that either one of us attended church in a building. (Our usual church time is just getting together with friends). This church we attended last Sunday not only welcomes all ethnic groups, they welcome another group of people often shunned by churches. If you are curious about what I am talking about, read my April 11 posting. That church truly welcomes everyone.

      1. If you tried looking for my post right after you read my comment, sorry! I commented to your article late the night before. My post did get published morning of April 11.

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