|Most "black" churches celebrate Black History Month. |
(New Hope A.M.E. Church in Buckhead, Ga.)
According to a CNN report, "Only about 5 percent of the nation's churches are racially integrated."
Perhaps no preacher or deacon would tell someone of a different race not to attend services, but when you look into the pulpit and pews on Sunday morning, everyone looks the same in most churches. That's just not the Christian way or the way Jesus would want it, some might say, but there continues to be a glaring revelation that God's people separate themselves by race.
I attend two churches: one Greek Orthodox where my husband is the only "black" member, and my sister's A.M.E. church which is all black. The music is different, the prayers are different, the order of service is different, but the message appears the same: "We should love our neighbors as ourselves."
But we're still divided by race. Is it culture or racism?
I tend to believe that some members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church feel that if Whites are allowed to become members, they will try to take over. It also appears that the only "true" members of the Greek Orthodox church are those whose ancestors were originally from Greece. They do revere Saint Moses the Black, though...
Should we care about this separation or just leave Christians alone?