Is Your Church White?

Is your church white? That is the disturbing question what was email to a church in Apex, NC. Ken Keathley recently shared this inquiry over at Between the Times in his post A Shocking Question. The context of this disturbing question was:

We know the Lord loves all of us, but we believe in honoring the Culture the Lord gave us, so we are seeking a traditionally ‘White’ church as opposed to Multi-cultural. Is your church White?

Read the whole post to find out how the pastor answered this disturbing question. A question that I’m mostly surprised about, but not totally. There is a racial separation problem in churches. This can be seen in both the black and white communities. (And maybe other communities that I’m not familiar with.) Curtis Allen even wrote a song about it called Black Church White Church.

Even though my church consists mostly of white members, we do have a growing multicultural diversity for which I’m thankful. It’s fascinating how far the human race has come. Yet we can’t escape our sin nor ourselves. Jesus Christ is still the only answer, our only escape.

How many out there have experienced something like this? What happened? Or, is this an isolated incident?

I truly hope this man never finds his white church.

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tagged as in Church Issues,Culture,Gospel,morality,Southern Baptist,theology

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mike October 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm

whoa, that’s insane. thanks for sharing this.

2 bluewoad October 26, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Y’know, I agree about honoring our culture, if by that you mean, loving one’s homeland as one loves family — willing to love it, warts and all because, well, it’s *mine*. But I shudder at the mindset that puts being part of a ‘white’ church (whatever that is) above the fact that Christ broke down the walls that divide us.

My church is a typical suburban church, but I love the fact that I can worship alongside people from all different walks of life. To purposefully avoid that is to diminish the gospel.

3 mr thompson January 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

im black and i prefer white churches.

4 Tammy Grant March 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I am a black American. It is like an unwritten rule that we aren’t suppose to go to a predominantly white church. I have been married 17 years. For the first 10 years, we were members at a black CME church. We left that church and joined a predominantly white, small church. In fact we were the only black family there for a time. My family was not happy about this and criticized us for worshiping with the “white” people. We do not see our christian brethren as either white, black, asian, hispanic, etc. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. It saddens me that so much segregation exist in the church today. Unfortunately, this is perpetuated in the black community.

From my experience, blacks aren’t comfortable with associations with white people in personal settings (outside of the work place). So, you are likely to hear that same questions posed by blacks ” Is your church black?”.

5 Obvious March 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

IF there existed a person called “Jesus of Nazareth” in the middle east (a BIG IF that is), then definitely he was colored and not WHITE. This whole concept of Christ, Church, Salvation & Proselytization is the longest criminal conspiracy perpetuated on Human Kind by the white skinned Romans for over two centuries. And why the sexist emphasis on god being a MALE (as in ‘FATHER’)? Pitifully for humans, there are no answers yet!!!!

6 Mark March 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm


Thank you for your perspective. It’s a shame that we have racial preferences at all. Interestingly enough, a good friend in New Orleans who pastors a so called “white” church recently shared with me about a black family who attended for some time. Their black friends and family gave them all kinds of grief for attending a “white” church.

I hope that one day we won’t see attitudes like this from any race. However, that probably won’t happen until Jesus comes back.

7 Mark March 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm


What do you mean by “colored”? I do agree that Jesus was not Caucasian for he was a Jew from the Middle East. Funny, agnostic New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman laughed when an atheist made the charge that the Jesus of the New Testament did not exist.

Pitifully for humans, there are no answers yet!!!!

Are you human?


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