People really don’t want to talk about serious issues on the radio, TV, newspapers or even with other people. You know why? They are afraid of the truth. Not so here on The Drum… that’s why we have Taboo Tuesday. I look at it like this, time is to damn short to avoid the real stuff in this life.

So here we go… I know many of you profess to be Believers in Jesus Christ. Take an honest assessment of the church you worship in and tell me if it is overwhelmingly populated by one race?  Back in 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called 11 a.m. Sunday “the most segregated hour in this nation.”

The apostle Paul wrote, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek” — Jew and Greek, for Paul meant different races — “for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” What Paul highlighted is that by spirit, the Christian Church overcomes all racial separation and worships as one believing body.

Not in America.

Mark Chaves, professor of sociology, religion and divinity at Duke University, provides conclusions about his latest National Congregations Study:

Congregations have become more ethnically and racially diverse even since 1998, [when] 20 percent of attendees were in congregations that were completely white and non-Hispanic; in 2006-07, 14 percent were.

Let me be clear about what this means. We do not see significant increases since 1998 in the proportion of predominantly Latino or Asian or African-American congregations in the United States. Nor do we see any significant increase in what we might call deeply diverse congregations…What we do see is a significant increase in the presence of some minorities in predominantly white congregations. Fewer congregations, in other words, are 100 percent white and non-Hispanic.

I do not want to overstate the significance of this trend. It definitely is too soon to discard the old saw that 11 a.m. Sunday is the most segregated hour of the week. The vast  majority of American congregations remain overwhelmingly white or black or Hispanic or Asian or whatever…Somewhat like black-white intermarriage, which is increasing even though it remains
rare, increasing minority presence in predominantly white congregations represents some progress, however small, in a society in which ethnicity and, especially, race, still divide us.

If Christians cannot or refuse to integrate their houses of worships in any significant way, how is America ever really going to deal with its Race Problem?

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