Lessons on Racism from Church Members

September 23, 2013

by Billy Stevens
Discipleship Pastor
FBC, Houma, La.

The helicopter passed over the church office and landed less than a mile down the road from it. Curiosity got the best of me and I left to check out what was going on. When I got there I found a doubly-tragic situation. A young boy around 12 had drowned and the family had no church family. His mom (black) and dad (white) had moved here about a year before. She had visited our church (white) and I thought she was being welcomed, but later found out she was shunned by a number with their looks and attitude toward her. She later confided in me that she had gone to another church (black) and was being accepted, until they found out her husband was white. At that point many of them ostracized her. It only takes a couple to let you know that you are not welcome and the piercing knife of rejection penetrates your soul.

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Mike Maschenik

We shared one time to a mixed race couple and they were wonderful people. I went on vacaction and let a Pastor, I though I could trust, preach. I found out that during his sermon he mentioned the couple and publicly embarssed them on purpose. They never came back. I think church members put him up to it but I have no proof. The church got rid of me a few months later.

Rodney Kent

I think most Christians agree that marriage between a person of one race and the person of another race should have nothing to do with how a Christian treats either of the two persons. However, it must be agreed upon that all of us often receive the results of our own actions. Do not absolve the couple of any results their marriage might bring to them or their children. There is also a world to live in that has its own set of rules in our societies, and this varies from Country to Country and area to area. If a black man marries a white woman, then the blacks will somewhat ostricize the black male. The black women will say, “Aren’t black women good enough for you? The white men will say, “aren’t we good enough for you? Both the whites and the black population will give an askewed look at a mixed couple with a black baby or a white baby. In some ways the couple’s troubles are their own fault for being unequally yoked together. So, even though you will find nothing in the scriptures prohibiting racial intermarriage, society has its own set of rules, and we do have to live in this world. Spiritually, it may be okay, but physically, it does present problems in society.

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