Racism and My Church
“9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”
Revelation is the book of what is to come at the end of times. This is where we are all one nation. Not divided by color. Not divided by ethnicity. Not divided by wealth. We are all one nation, tribe, people and language. Nothing more and nothing less as it states in the above message.
In our society today, can we say that we are thinking that way? One nation, tribe, people and language? Can we say that in our own churches we are those things? I would say no. From my experience, I have seen masks worn by all types of people in the church. People state that they are one nation, tribe and people yet when they leave the church the mask comes off. Behind that mask lies the true practice of our faith.
Additionally, there are many churches which dive into many subjects that push the limits of society, but avoid some. Many churches, including my own, shy away from certain matters of social injustice, more specifically racial injustice. At my church I have never heard anything about how people can use the Bible to combat racial injustice. I know my church and its leadership are against racial injustice; however, not speaking about it or helping people find a way through Christ to combat it is doing the same as doing nothing. We cannot hide behind a curtain and say that we are doing God’s work. We cannot go out into a low poverty, predominantly black community and help them once a month, but do nothing else. We need to get out of this CHECK THE BOX mentality. Is this something that people are afraid of speaking about? Yes! This is because they may not have the expertise in the area or have not been through it. It is very hard to talk about something a person has not been through before. But this is the best time to dive into finding out more and finding ways to help combat what is going on in our world today.
I challenge each and every Kingdom Man to take a pause in church. Look around and hear what is being talked about. See what is being done to change these narratives. This is a very tough subject to be talked about, but we as Kingdom Men need not stand behind the curtain. We need to be in front of it helping guide others from beyond the mask they are wearing.