Racism in the church

By Gilbert Owens - Contributing columnist

I suspect that many members of the Ku Klux Klan are church-going people. I suspect the same is true of White Nationalists, the Black Panthers and many other groups who assimilate racist propaganda.

I suspect the founding fathers of this country who said and wrote America is one nation under God and that all men are created equal were also church members. They too went to church even though many of them were slave owners which represents a major contradiction of what they said in wrote in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of the United States.

Racism is alive and well throughout this country and it is a direct result of racism within the Body of Christ. To be sure, racism within the Body of Christ exists primarily because of ignorance and ignorance is the number one product of a lack of knowledge. This country may be on the cusp of being destroyed and God may have seen it coming when He said a long time ago, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.”

Racism primarily exists between races because we don’t really know each other and there appears to be no sustained effort for us to do so. The church was designed by Christ to be the only place where people of all different races and cultures could co-exist and do great things for God and for humanity as a whole.

As I have written in earlier articles, Jesus prayed to God that all believers, which is the true church, be one, as He and God are one. Racism within the Body of Christ, for now at least, has hindered that prayer and racism within the church brings about racism throughout a nation.

This is the racism that is embedded within the fabric of this country. It started with the founding fathers who were obviously ignorant of the truth of God’s word. From the beginning churches were split and divided among racial lines and the nation as a whole had no other alternative but to follow.

Racism is the sole reason why you have denominations split among racial lines. Racism is the sole reason why you the Masons split among racial lines. These splits and others are due to a lack of knowledge concerning each other.

I have heard many blacks say they will never attend a black church and I have heard many whites say, they will never attend a white church. Well the real issue is, why do we have black and white churches in the first place.

I will admit there was a time when I had a similar attitude until I was invited to a white church. My wife and I attended the church and subsequently joined the church. We joined, because to our surprise, they were no different than us, but we never would have found that out if we had not taken the time to get to know them. Our ignorance was replaced with knowledge. And that knowledge changed our outlook on many things, including the Bible, the church as a whole and more importantly, ourselves.

I have surmised that attending a church or churches where everyone looks and thinks like you stunts your growth spiritually, emotionally and psychologically. It also creates an invisible wall that creates an attitude of “we versus them or them versus us.” In addition many church leaders use that wall to create mindsets of victimization or superiority.

American will never come together as one until the Body of Christ comes together as one. No amount of speeches or sermons will accomplish that until we as individuals make up in our minds that we are going to make an effort to get to know our brother and sister who happens to be of another race.

Many have said and agree, the most segregated day in America is on Sunday. That is the case because we seclude ourselves by race to worship and praise, supposedly, the same God. This should never be and if it continues, racism will win and America will lose.


By Gilbert Owens

Contributing columnist

Gilbert Owens is a native of Roseboro and a columnist for The Sampson Independent.

Gilbert Owens is a native of Roseboro and a columnist for The Sampson Independent.