May 16, 2011 Tony Morgan

This White Church Doesn’t Want Black Members

Those who know me, know that I’m a fairly steady person. I rarely get emotional about anything. This story, though, absolutely ticks me off. I can’t believe as we sit here in 2011…in the United States…in the Church that stuff like this still happens.

A friend of a friend contacted me this weekend. Here’s an excerpt of what he shared:

“I spent the last four months as lead pastor of [a church in the Southeast]and was let go last week for baptizing six black teens into an all-white church. Even though the church leadership assured me that racial integration wouldn’t be a problem during the interview process, a handful of the high-dollar folks revolted and had me removed without the church’s knowledge…”

I rarely get angry, but these actions are so outside God’s design for the church that I’m left repulsed.

Just as a reminder, this is God’s design for people who call themselves Christ-followers:

  • “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
  • “So Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.'” (Acts 10:34-35)
  • “But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” (James 2:9)
  • “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
  • “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.” (1 John 2:9)

I could go on and on, but it’s not worth it. I’m sure the folks who made this decision are not reading my writing. I pray there’s eventually personal conviction and that God’s justice prevails. By the way, it’s in instances like this that I’m glad I worship and serve a just God. My God gets angry too.

In the mean time, we have a very qualified man who is without a job. I’ve never done this, and likely won’t do it again in the future, but I want to help him find a position. He has some strong credentials including a Master of Divinity and a Master of Business Administration. He’s been a senior pastor and a church planter. He also has experience working for one of the top business consulting firms. He’s a leader, a teacher and a strategist. Most important, he’s a man of conviction.

If you have an opening that this guy may be qualified to fill, please email me today. I will send you his resume so that you can consider him for your open position.

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Founder and Lead Strategist of The Unstuck Group. Started in 2009, The Unstuck Group has served 500 churches throughout the United States and several countries around the world. Previously, Tony served on the senior leadership teams of three rapidly growing churches including NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He has five published books including, The Unstuck Church, and, with Amy Anderson, he hosts The Unstuck Church Podcast which has thousands of listeners each month.
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