Most segregated time of day is Sunday service

Now what you think that say about the God you worship?- Lecrae, “Dirty Water”

I’ve realized over the years that our prejudices and hatred toward each other are hideous sights in the eyes of God. And I’m not exempt from this either. I know for years I harbored resentment towards whites, I’ll be honest. Years of being taunted, told that I was ugly, or didn’t deserve my grades, scholarships or opportunities took its toll. I wanted to remain segregated because I thought that kept me away from negativity and rejection. I had all these feelings while being a Christian. I was never mean to anyone outside my race, but I would never form any close friendships with people outside my racial group after high school ended. It just seemed easier to be “amongst my own kind”. I’m glad that the summer of 2013 when I went on a missions trip to Detroit, changed my life, and changed my ungodly perceptions. I was confronted by my own sinful outlook on people who were my brothers and sisters. I realized we weren’t as different as I’d thought. And I finally understood the concept of us being one in Christ.

It takes a process to change the way you’ve been taught to think about others. I personally had to learn to forgive some middle and high schoolers that were just plain mean. I had to learn how to separate my disgust with the social injustice in the world and not have the same disgust for anyone who resembled the “oppressors”.

The world has taught us to hate one another. It’s often masked in sayings such as “I’m not prejudiced, but I have preferences” or in our unwillingness to be inclusive of different cultures style of music. It happens in churches. I applaud those who strive to create multicultural churches filled with respect and understanding. I applaud all who serve as allies. Even though they understand their racial privilege, they still choose to actively acknowledge the injustice that takes place daily.

In heaven there won’t be a black heaven, or white heaven, an Asian one, Caribbean one…. It’ll just be heaven. All of us together. As one. In Christ.

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

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