Ethics: Name the Racist Church?

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What would you do Wednesday?

Tony Morgan recently wrote a post entitled This White Church Doesn’t Want Black Members. His post is the account of a true story of the racism exactly as the title suggests. It is from this sad story that I offer this weeks ethics question.

The scenario is that you have a good friend in town who was the pastor at a local church. While you don’t attend his church you are familiar with it and know a couple of their members. Your friend has been the senior pastor of this church for the last six months.

During his interview process he brought up racial integration. He noticed that all of the members of the church were white though all of the local neighborhoods were more racially diverse. The pastor was told that racial integration would not be a problem, but would actually be welcomed.

And then the pastor baptized six black teenaged boys.

A small group of the church’s large financial supporters objected to the baptisms. They did some behind the scenes scheming and had your pastor friend removed without the congregations’ knowledge.

Your friend now needs to find another church to pastor and wants to move on silently. He is afraid of disrupting the rest of the congregation by revealing the situation.

Do you:

  • Stay quiet and help your friend the best you can?
  • Encourage him to reveal the truth to root out sin?
  • Reveal this problem regardless of what your friend does?
  • Stay out of it all together because the church is autonomous can do what it wants?

Or….what would you do?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brent Hobbs May 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Encourage him to reveal the truth to root out sin.

2 Christiane May 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

does this kind of thing really happen?

3 MarieP May 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

This scenario doesn’t make complete sense to me- how does the congregation just let him go like that? Were they lied to? Plus, does this mean that his fellow pastors and the deacons agreed with the small group of financial supporters? It appears that their racism is just a symptom of an even larger problem.

4 Dan Smith May 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I’d encourage him to punch someone in the face…lovingly of course.

5 Mark May 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

Brent, I agree. I would seek to root out the sin too.

Christiane, unfortunately this kind of thing does happen and it just happened. The true story is found through the link to Tony Morgan’s site.

MarieP, is sure seems that there is a larger problem. I don’t know how the congregation, etc. is circumvented in a situation like this, but according to the fired pastor they were.

Dan, well….. 🙂

6 Anna May 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I am not sure I am welcome on this blog as I am not at all religious, but this story make me angry, white supremacist nazis are still going strong it seems.

This is nothing to do with religion, this is injustice, and it is not right, so encourage him to reveal the truth to root out sin, and if he will not, because he is too nice a person, then do it for him, and shame these people who are quite clearly racist in the land of the free.

These people are dinosaurs living in the colonial past, and it is about time they faced up to it, especially since black troops have been dying just as well as white ones to protect everything they hold dear.

7 Barry Adams May 22, 2011 at 5:03 am

I question this pastor’s agenda. He only mentions one piece of a much bigger story: he baptized six black teenaged boys. Did they all show up out of nowhere? What brought them in? Were they going to stay in the church?

I also object to Tony Morgan shopping this guy anonymously without hinting at this guy’s beliefs. Will this fellow take any pulpit from the Fire-Baptized Pentecostals to the Primitive Baptists?

There’s so much vagueness here that it raises red flags.

8 Mark May 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

Anna,

You’re comment is welcomed. I’m not sure the people in question are Nazi’s even if they are racist. Also, regardless of the color of the skin of America soldiers or whether or not they are dying for this country each person is intrinsically valuable since they are made in the image of God.

9 Mark May 24, 2011 at 10:12 am

Barry,

You bring an interesting angle to this story. I have some of the same questions that you do (and MarieP above too). How did all of the events i.e. baptisms, etc., happen without people noticing?

Right or wrong, there is a lot of vagueness. I would rather all of the information be let out in order to know the whole story, root out sin, etc.

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