Now I can understand traditions as it refers to individual religions or beliefs such as Buddhism or Islam. I’m not speaking about those differences, although I believe a person should take the opportunity to learn about other religious beliefs with respect towards them. There’s no need to be disrespectful towards another because of who or how they worship. I’m speaking for the individual religious beliefs themselves.
For example, Christianity in the United States for the most part is segregated. Most divisions/denominations has ordained Jim Crow as a member in good standings without even considering the implications his presences invites. His long sorted history of successes is only in the separation of the body of Christ.
I know someone is getting upset right now for that statement, but just take a theological moratorium for a minute and journey with me in thought.
As I began this conversation in part 1 I mentioned a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that remains true to this day in many of our places of worship. That is that 11 o’clock is the most segregated hour in America. Please prove to me that this fact isn’t true. You understand the context for which he was delivering it and the context for which I’m illustrating it. Those who may seek a way out of embracing it is missing the point.
I agree that not all churches will have proportionate diversity reflected in its membership, but when the numbers are woefully disproportionate in terms of its diversity it should be addressed and acted upon.
So while some begin to find frustration or aggravation in my persistence I again ask you to keep in mind that I’m not questioning the church or even religion, spirituality or your belief system. I’m questioning how effective is it when it is segregated.
*I have more, but wanted to allow time for this thought to digest before continuing. Feel free to share your thoughts thus far. I’m not here to attack anyone, but share the challenge I presented to myself when considering these three questions.*1) Why isn’t there more diversity in our churches, synagogues, mosques or temples? 2) Should churches, synagogues, mosques or temples incorporate cultural diversity programs and sensitivities training into their ministries?
3) What are YOU doing to be more inclusive in your journey of Faith?