At the end of November last year I was saddened and disgusted by this story about a couple whose church voted against their Interracial Marriage. Take a look at this video.
Then a couple of weeks later I read this post by Tony Morgan about a pastor who baptized 6 black teens into an all-white church and got the boot.
I wonder if they skipped over John 13:34-35 in their devotional reading? “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Where’s the love people?
Here is a picture from about 1906 of the Leadership Team at the Azusa Street Mission. Most Pentecostal groups in North America trace their roots back to this 3 year revival. As you can see the group was interracial and this during the time of the “Jim Crow Laws”. Also note both men and women were on this team. William Seymour believed that this racial harmony would be the living out of John 13:34-35 as a great testimony to the world. (Here is a post by Derwin Gray on the same idea) His dream did not become a reality due to many issues and here we are over 100 years later and things in some ways have still not changed. Please understand I am not wanting to make this out to be a white verses black issue. I have white friends that went to a black church in Florida while on vacation and were not permitted into the service.
We have lived and ministered in the Greater Toronto Area for the past 16 years. The churches we have served have been interracial because we have reflected our communities and it has been a wonder practice for heaven. “After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9)
I can’t wait until the church turns beige. What can you do to bring about a colour change?
P.S. The side benefit of having so many cultures under one roof is the awesome food you get on International Night!!!