Is 11:00am on Sunday Monochromatic?
How I wonder how far we have come in America. Through the War for Independence, the abolition of slavery, the granting of women the right to vote, and the Civil and Voting Rights Act of 1964 and 1965 respectively. We as a nation have faced and overcame a plethora of challenges in between these times, and have emerged triumphant. In our modern era, our focus of what we are facing today is not just external, but is now internal as well. In this phase of the Church Age, we now must face, deal with and overcome how we feel toward each other in addition to keeping our focus on the world outside.
What do I mean by focusing internally? Ask yourself these two questions: Why do I believe what I believe and does Scripture support it? We as Christians typically shy away if not run from the face of internal adversity. Sure when it comes to spiritual warfare, many of us would shout “Bring it On”! but when it comes to displaying your integrity for the world to see and examine, are you still quite so eager?
Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. Is that dream a reality in the Church? The answer from my perspective is sadly, no.
Why is that? I believe it is not for two reasons: First, That nearly fifty years after the speech was given, a church that is mostly made up of congregants who happened to be Black, is labeled in America as a “Black Church”. Why? I think the answer is in the four walls of the church itself. When the congregation members are more focused on the color of the believer, instead the One that they claim to believe in and the Pastor condones their actions by their silence, it could be a contributing factor. Secondly, if we understand through Scripture that of the seven things God hates is hands that shed innocent blood (see Proverbs 6:17) in addition to homosexual sex being an abomination (see Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:27), why would we by our own free will, elect someone to the Office of the President who has stated publicly on more than one occasion he would support them both if elected?
An accurate picture of the where the Church is, would be the city of San Francisco. Not the moral debauchery or the political corruption that takes there, but the make up of its citizenry. As they would shout to the world “Unity in Diversity” and how they make it work there, a closer look beyond the panoramic picture would tell a different story. As an example, how many Blacks live in Chinatown or Japantown? Probably as many Asians that live in the Bayview or the Hunter’s Point District, where a significant number of Blacks live. How many Hispanics live in North Beach where mostly Western Europeans live, as oppose to the Inner or Outer Mission where lot of Hispanics live? The point being is after the picture is taken, people go back to their own neighborhoods where most of the people look like them and they comfortable in their own skin. If there is no Jew or Greek, no bond or free, no male or female, but only one in Christ (see Galatians 3:28) why doesn’t the Church in America reflect that?
Are we as Christians embracing the lie that only the souls of men need to be saved? Or in addition to their salvation, are we disclosing that there comes a responsibility of stewarding their God-given rights of whom should be allowed to govern us according to Scripture? If we knew as much about the stewardship of our vote and the guardianship of our rights as much as the Church knows pop culture, the political landscape today would be completely different.