“You and I, we are the Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me…” – MOTHER TERESA
So if this is true and I believe it is I am compelled to ask a question. Why do we continue to have so much division in “The Church”? I can only speak with knowledge of the Christian church, but I’m sure there are people of other religious beliefs and traditions can account for similar practices within their respective organizations.
The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remain true to this very day, “11 o’clock hour on Sunday is the most segregated hour in American life.” We leave our sparsely integrated communities to worship in segregated sanctuaries. We carry the same book with pristine pages due to a lack of use and do nothing it until next week.
If the doors of the church are open what would the world see?
It’s getting difficult to distinguish some church folk from the gangsters. If the teenager girl who’s pregnant is afraid to attend church because of what the members may say then what type of church do you attend? If a lesbian is verbally persecuted for being who she is by church folk then what type of Christian are you? When church members make you believe that you are going to Hell, because you love someone of another race then you must ask yourself “Is this the church for me?” When the drug user or prostitute is not welcomed then you must ask what type of church you belong to?
Who stole the prophecy of Joel? I thought whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Joel 2:32)
But let me continue on. You must remember that the church is the body of Christ. So when the church is true to its nature it knows neither division nor disunity. The division of the Christian Church is much more than the multiplicity of its denominations, but of them working against each other all while proclaiming the same goal. The narrow sectarianism of individuals who proclaim to be Christian is destroying the unity of the church.
In the end you will come to God not a Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Black, White, Gay or Straight. He doesn’t care how much money you have or how much education you lack. If you desire to be a true witness of Christ you must come to grips with that. Come to think about it Satan doesn’t care either. I’ll give him that much credit.
If the ultimate goal of The Church is to preach good news to the poor, proclaim freedom for the those who are captive and recover of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed and the Church is not doing that, then Why in The Hell Are You Here? Maybe that’s it, Hell.
The dichotomy of the Church today stems from its failure to come on one accord. We may never get to the day of Pentecost, but it appears that only a few are trying.
Today we have multimedia at our disposal, why is this not utilized. When theology effectively use technology then 11 o’clock on Sunday will not be so segregated, because we would have extended this precious hour of praise to 24 hours. God has always been mobile; your church is a social network of people.
So the next time you’re in your place of worship I would like for you to observe your surroundings. Point out what’s not right and correct it. If you attend a church that is predominately one race figure out how you can respectfully attract members of different races to your church. (Now I add the word respectfully, because some people are culturally insensitive and may do something stupid or corny) You don’t have to compromise your beliefs to be inclusive. If so, you should look at what you believe.
Sources of Inspiration:Forever Young Productions “The Most Segregated Hour” Anti-Racist Parent – 11/26/08 “Eleven O’ Clock on Sunday Morning” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 06/05/66 “Guidelines to a Constructive Church” Bible Gateway – New International Version “Luke 4:18”