Division is one of the biggest threats the church currently faces. As Martin Luther King Jr. famously said in his speech, “It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.” This division is not a representation of the church Christ intended and spoke about throughout the New Testament, and it is up to us to fix it.
As Jesus Christ said to Pharisees in Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” The same is true of the church – if we cannot come together and focus on our unity as children of God instead of our differences, then we are destined for destruction.
But, if we work together and work with intentionality, we can bridge the division that exists and come together in true unity as Christ spoke about. Whether you hold a leadership position in a church or are a new member, you have a role to play in healing the racial divide that exists in the church.
In conclusion, establishing inclusivity in the church won’t happen overnight and it won’t be an easy process. It will take intentionality on all of our parts and it will require wisdom, strength, and love from our heavenly Father.
Dr. Derek Grier