I read a disturbing story in the paper this morning about a church in Kentucky who voted to not allow interracial couples to be members of their church. (Here is a link to that article.) This story was not only disturbing but also frustrating because this church is part of my denomination. I have contacted my denominational headquarters, trying to see what (if anything) can be done to discipline this church. I am still waiting to hear back from them. In the mean time I was reminded about an article I wrote 5 years ago for my denominations magazine. The title of the article is “A Free Will Baptist Ethic.” In that article I quote a resolution passed by my denomination back before the Civil War, denouncing slavery. Here we are, 150 plus years later, and we still have to deal with racial issues. God help us. If you are interested, here is that article.
Let me know what you think.
Over the last several months, my church has become more and more multi-ethnic. On any given week, 20-40% of our congregation are minorities, and so I feel passionately about this issue. I am anxiously waiting to see what response comes out of my denominations headquarters. I will keep everyone up to date, and if I don’t see, read, or hear an appropriate response, I will for sure raise a fuss.