Racist Christianity

Jarrid Wilson  —  August 1, 2013 — 14 Comments

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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14 responses to Racist Christianity

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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?

    • 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

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

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

  13. 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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