There are Baptist churches today in America who don’t want African-Americans attending, much less joining. It’s been said that Sunday morning at 11:00 is the most segregated hour in America. I was once confronted by a Deacon who was upset that I had chosen a bulletin cover that featured a group of African children on the cover… for “World Missions Sunday.” This is a problem.
Some point back to Genesis when Noah pronounced a curse of slavery upon his grandson, Canaan, who was the ancient ancestor of the African people. Hogwash! Noah was drunk and disgracing himself. Since when does God bind Himself to obey the rantings of an angry drunken man?
The reality is that racism is a problem for every Christian. I’ll tell you why. This life is preparation for eternity. Enjoy God here and you’ll enjoy Him even more forever. Enjoy the things that God loves here and you’ll enjoy the things of God for eternity.
Scripture tells us that John caught a heavenly vision in which there was the singing of humanity toward God…
“… for thou wast slain, and has redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” ~ Revelation 5:9
So let me be blunt – if you don’t like people of other races here, your enjoyment of heaven will be severely limited and your eternal rewards cut short. God’s family isn’t colorless, it’s multi-colored, and it’s a beautiful thing.
Me? I look forward to the awesome diversity of heaven. I can’t wait to learn 1,000 other dialects in which to praise God (personally, I believe we’ll have a diversity of languages, but I could be wrong). I can’t wait to join arm in arm with brothers and sisters from every people group on earth and praise the God who created us all and offers redemption for us all through the blood of His very own Son.
I’ve been reading other articles about Martin Luther King, Jr. this morning and wanted to pass along some links to them…
- The Question Conscience Asks
- Eight Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The Dream
- So Much More Than a Day Off
- The Words of MLK
Know of others or want to share your own thoughts? Post below in the comments.