Can Racism Be An Issue Over Living the Gospel of Jesus?
Many of you have read here about the couple in Mississippi who wanted their wedding at one particular church but was later asked to move the wedding somewhere else because ‘some’ church members were uncomfortable with a black couple being married there.
Well, we were appalled yet we realize that people still exist with this kind of mindset. Not many things change for some people in America. It doesn’t matter that we should love each other in ‘brotherly love’. It doesn’t matter that Jesus wouldn’t treat anyone this way, though we preach live and be like Christ. Sometimes race matters over just about everything; and some people, even today, will die a racist. Its just that simple to understand.
But the shameful thing is: we lose out with God and a real relationship with Him when we continue to live in our own way and not His way. Some people just can’t let go of treating others as if they are beneath them. It makes them feel superior yet they go to church and worship a God whose superior, really?
This is why we were happy to come across this blogger who explains it perfectly. He is appalled by the actions of the simple minded pastor from his home state who just does not want to rock the boat or be fired otherwise.
Take a look at a bit of what he said on his blog:
As a Mississippian and as a Baptist Christian, I cringed the other day when I heard that the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs had moved a couple’s wedding ceremony to another venue, to keep a controversy from erupting in the church. The controversy was that the couple is black. My first thought was the scandal this brought to my state. But, more importantly, the issue is the gospel itself.
The pastor of the church isn’t a racist. He moved the wedding, he says, to preserve peace in the congregation, since a small but apparently powerful minority were working behind the scenes to prevent this. The pastor, it is said, probably would have been fired over all of this and, he said, he didn’t want to ruin the couple’s wedding. By moving the wedding, he said, he wanted a “win-win situation.”
That’s the problem, in my view. The only answer to the ongoing struggle between Jesus Christ and Jim Crow is a lose-lose situation.
Read the full post at Moore to the Point with Russell Moore.