Racist Christianity

Racist Christianity

This post is something I’ve been wanting to write for quite a while. And although I might have exaggerated the post title a bit, I think it will all make sense in the end.

It hurts my heart to see the division of The Church Body, and I want to shed some light on a topic that I feel is purposely put to the wayside and out of discussion.

When it comes to the purpose of The Church, I think many of us would describe some of its attributes as followed:

1. Unity

2. Community

3. Love

4. Discipleship

5. Jesus

And while I believe The Church of today could do better in ALL of the areas, I believe the one area that needs the most work is the topic of UNITY. Would you agree? Let me explain.

The Church of Jesus Christ was founded under the principles of Jesus, community through his love, and forgiveness through his grace. And, when we need a snapshot view of what The Church is to resemble, I think most of us would agree that the Acts 2 Church a wonderful sketch of what we are to yearn for.

The Reality: When I begin to read through the truth of scripture, I can’t help but realize how far off we are from the lines of Biblical unity.

Psalm 133:1 – How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

We claim to want unity through the spirit, but each day that passes comes another denomination that is supposed to be greater than the latter. Not to mention some of these denominations are classified and separated by race and color. I am not saying denominations are wrong, but when we begin to base our faith by what denomination we are from, we’ve got to realize we are heading down a road of false assurance.

1 Corinthians 1:10 – I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

If we want any chance of conquering racism an segregation in The Church, we need to stop labeling congregations as: The Black Church, The White Church, The Hispanic Church, The Asian Church, The Baptist Church, The Presbyterian Church, etc.

My Point Is: Regardless of what denomination you are from, realize that the only thing that matters is your relationship with Jesus.

We’ve spent so many years trying to end the destruction of racism and division of ethnicity, we must fight against the separation and find unity within the Church of Jesus.

Jarrid Wilson

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15 Comments

  • Phil July 12, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    “Unity” is not simply worshipping together. It’s “speaking the same thing,” “being of one mind,” “agreeing with one another.” It’s all-encompassing. If one person says that infants can be baptized and another says that’s not Biblical, but they agree that Christ is the Savior from sin, that’s not unity as described in Scripture. If one person says that you have to say a prayer to be saved and another says faith comes soley by the Holy Spirit working faith in our hearts apart from anything we can do , but the common ground is Jesus, that’s not the true meaning of unity. This is the reason denominations exist. I’m not saying it’s a good thing to be divided—it’s not. We are to seek unity. But not cheap unity where we don’t talk about what we disagree on and just focus on “common ground”. We need to strive for the Biblical definition of unity by talking about our differences and going back to what the Word says.

  • John Lembo December 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Yeah I think you should really change the title of this post. You don’t address any of the major issues around racism at all. I was really excited to see what you had to say about this topic because it is something I have a lot of passion around but you don’t really say anything substantial about racism.

  • Jonathan Rouse August 18, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Totally agree. I think no matter what church we attend we are all here because of Jesus and should love eachother and work together for the glory of God. Iron sharpens iron, we can all learn to live in peace and unity together and learn from eachother

  • kristena August 4, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Hands down a great topic. I live in the south and was visiting churches in Illinois. I was surprised by the lack of diversity and the bravado of the people to say “methodists are the best” lutherans are the right way to think” and oh so many others. It comes down to do you believe the bible is truth in its entirety? !? If so then we are all family.

  • marilyn mason August 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    This post is so true. I think all Christians would agree we are to love one another & I don’t believe it says anywhere to just love those that think the same as you do, Do unto others as we would have them do unto us is something we are commanded to do. It is very clear who will be the final judge & it is also clear it is not our place to judge one another. If we all spend more time praying that ALL God’s children will follow his instructions so we can ALL go to heaven, I feel that is what he wants us to do.

  • Shay August 2, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    I love that you wrote about this. I never could understand why denominations exist and their rules. I believe Christianity should be simple. An intimate relationship with God; acknowledging that there is a source of abundant life through His son Jesus Christ.

  • Kelda Jasper August 1, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Hi Jarid, thank you for your ministry and faithful encouragement! I have been struggling with this issue and pondering it. You cut right to the heart of the matter. Keep it up! I say a big huge Amen to this! I’m praying for you, your words touch so many lives and you’re a true reflection of Jesus. I’m thanking God fort you

  • Josiah Jordan August 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    So how do I attain a “Relationship” with Jesus? The only relationships that I have read about that Jesus had were the ones with the people who met Jesus. For example, the relationship that I would have with my brother. I have seen him, had conversations with him, he holds me accountable. However I have not read about having a “relationship” with Jesus. Can you please tell me where it is?

    • Anonymous September 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      I am the good Shepard; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-just as the Father knows me and I know the Father-and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen… (John 10:37) parrable implies a relationship, the sheep know him.

  • Shaun Sperl August 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    I’m so encouraged by your comments. I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve been struggling lately, torn and frustrated and discouraged actually, by a personal and family struggle choosing between attending and being members at a non-denominational evangelical church or the Catholic Church I was raised in. I’ve just realized, and been shown in various ways, over the past week that its my relationship with Christ that matters, not my denomination. One recent source of perspective change has been reading Donald Miller, where he astutely points out that we’ve made Christianity about ideas and formulas, etc. instead of about relationships – with God and with one another. I’m encouraged even more by your words to try and find a way(s), small and big, to bridge the sad divide that exists between Christian churches in my community, to be the one body of Christ.

  • Mark McIntyre August 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Amen! UNITY is key. We are missing it – “commUNITY”
    Thanks for this post, Jarrid
    Peace be with you

  • Dave Arnold August 1, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Hey Jarrid – this is great post. Good insight. This issue has bothered me for years. We talk about community and fellowship with such ease; yet the reality is the Church is so fractured. Thankfully, I think there’s some good stuff happening – networking, collaboration, etc. Thanks for this post.

  • Elsie August 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Praise the Lord that’s what I am talking about!

  • Maya Cryor August 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Yes!! Finally someone said it! Thank you for this awesome post!

  • Rebecca Berry August 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Jarrid-

    Wow. Thank you so much for addressing this issue. I definitely think we have room to grow in regard to unity (as well as other areas) in our (the Christian) church.

    I definitely think that we have to open our eyes and realize that there are many ethnicities, cultures and perspectives represented in the church body, and we must remain diligent in opening our hearts and our eyes to meet those differences with loving and open arms.

    It is also important to be cautious of putting your church denomination or ethnic makeup in a “box”. Although this box is open to those of the same type, the box unintentionally (or intentionally) closes out all others not fitting into it.

    Let’s remove the boxes of our faith and allow room for LOVE and openness to the Spirit.

    Totally in accordance with you and love your boldness in pointing out things that not a lot of people want to address!

    Blessings to you and your wife!!!

    BECCA from PFB church in Pomona, Ca.

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