Skip to comments.A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches
Posted on 03/10/2018 12:55:25 PM PST by Altura Ct.
Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on a sheet of paper, tore the paper into 12 strips, and dropped them into a Ziploc bag. It was Sunday morning and time to pick which church to attend.
This time of the week two years earlier, there would have been no question. Ms. Pruitt, 46, would have been getting ready for her regular Saturday afternoon worship service, at a former grocery store overhauled into a state-of-the-art, 760-seat sanctuary. In the darkened hall, where it would have been hard to tell she was one of the few black people in the room, she would have listened to the soaring anthems of the praise bands. She would have watched, on three giant screens, a sermon that over the course of a weekend would reach one of the largest congregations in the country.
But Ms. Pruitt has not been to that church since the fall of 2016. That was when she concluded that it was not, ultimately, meant for people like her. She has not been to any church regularly since.
Ms. Pruitt pulled one of the slips out of the Ziploc bag. Mount Olive Fort Worth. O.K. That was where she would go that day.
In the last couple of decades, there had been signs, however modest, that eleven oclock on Sunday morning might cease to be the most segregated hour in America. Racial reconciliation was the talk of conferences and the subject of formal resolutions. Large Christian ministries were dedicated to the aim of integration, and many black Christians decided to join white-majority congregations. Some went as missionaries, called by God to integrate. Others were simply drawn to a different worship style short, conveniently timed services that emphasized a personal connection to God
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I’ve known blacks who were deeply Christian. Excellent people.
But most black Christians who I have known are just doing race hustling in a different way. Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright is hardly unique. If that’s the sort of thing you hope to find in church, then a white church just won’t do.
I’m so glad the NY Times is concerned about Christians, what about all the White people who felt uncomfortable going to Rev. Farrakhan’s church.
How many white people still attend Rev. Jesse Jackson’s church? Does Rev Al Sharpton minister to White people at his church?
Looks like black nationalism is on a roll. The Obama strateragy of dividing America into racial camps has begun.
How do we combat that?
whenever anyone is involved in violence, roll them up, try them and jail them.
That should be Wright...not Farrakhan...
Liberals blame every shortcoming of evangelical Christianity on racism or being conservative.
Why am I not surprised. This is after all, the NYT.
Do Jackson and Sharpton have churches? Serious questions have arisen, as to whether either of these guys ever have been pastors of any specific church.
Good grief!! Obama has succeeded in dividing us by groups. In God’s eyes there is no black or white—there is one race and that is the human race.
——But most black Christians who I have known are just doing race hustling——
The task was assigned by the appropriate comittee of the NAACP
LOL...I have wondered that for long time. Their political beliefs are so contrary to mine...and I always thought a godly man would lean toward Bible Scripture, as a guide.
After reading the story today about the NY Times editor that has an Obama doll in her purse, nothing surprises me what stories these clowns come up with.
To my knowledge, they don’t have churches. (I was being a little cynical). To my knowledge they are self-proclaimed ministers.
"...white pastors fail to address police shootings of African-Americans."
"...open hostility to N.F.L. players protesting police brutality..."
Black Christians of all people should know there is no race or skin color in the afterlife.
And God judges people not by their appearance or station in life but by their deeds.
And if race/color is the yardstick by which you relate to God, you have a shallow relationship both with the Holy scriptures and with Him.
True spirituality means putting the things of this world in their place and preparing for eternity.
All of us are here only a short time.
You miss the point entirely
God has nothing to do with it. It is socio-political activism
Its the values, stupid. Someone who doesn’t fear God doesn’t get my respect.
I don’t care where he comes from; I will not sit in the congregation of wicked or defend those whose feet make haste to shed blood.
I get the point.
But its also who you serve: God or Man? You cannot serve both.
If people are leaving churches that preach the truth, covering all aspects of life in the 21st century, in the light of the everlasting, timeless Word of God — it’s because they can’t handle the truth.
Perhaps they’d rather go where they can hear someone who is pouring gasoline on the flames of race-rustling hate.
Most? Can that really be the case?
I suspect it's more a matter of little things that Black people expect to hear and little things that White people expect to hear than about "race hustling" on a massive scale -- more to do with differences of style and focus than of anything pernicious.
If you went to a church where every week you heard about the problems of "our Black youth" it might not appeal to you and you might get tired of it after a while. Imagine that you were concerned about that and heard nothing about it every week ...
It’s really simple. People don’t want to mix.
Diversity + Proximity = Violence.
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