Is Your Church Segregated?
Is Your Church Segregated?

What Do You Think?

Question To Men & Women of God: What would you think of a church (local assembly) that for years, never baptized people who were black or homosexual who came forward during the Sunday morning service to except Christ as their Lord & Savior? 
What would you think about a "church" that didn't even have a plan to baptize these people who came forward wanting to experience this outward expression of an inward confession of faith?

What if the "church" said "well we haven't had anyone like that come to us making that request" even though they have signs all throughout their building that read "We don't baptize blacks and homosexuals here, but you are welcome to worship with us!"

What would you think about such a "church" Men and Women of God? 

What would you think if I told you that you were that "church"? Oh, you may be baptizing black people and homosexual people when they come to accept Christ. But what about people with disabilities? How many disabled people, people in wheelchairs for example, have you baptized in the last 10 years, or longer??? Are you prepared to do it today? If not, why not? If not now, when?

What do you think about that? Do you think about that? Better yet, what do you think that God thinks about that?

Think about it. 

Remain blessed,
Nat

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7 Comments

  • GOD has never discriminate who can come to HIM in sincerity and truth. Anyone can approach HIS throne and find mercy as well as grace in their time of need (Hebrews 4:16). I think people will be amaze of who made it to heaven and who is present in hell.

    • I agree with you. The point of my post is to highlight the fact that many (if not most) churches are not accessible to people with disabilities. For example, in many (if not most) churches their baptismal pools aren’t access able. The same can be said for the choir stands and even the pulpit. There are solutions for these problems, the question is why haven’t they been implemented? But do we really care enough to make it a priority?

  • I am Catholic, but I feel strongly that my Protestant brothers and sisters here would go out of their way to accomodate anyone wanted to be baptised. At my church, there are several who cannot make it to the altar for communion. Our priest always walks to their pew and serves them before anyone else.

    On the subject of race, I do see that churches are mostly segregated. At my church the number of minorities seem to reflect that of the general population. I see that they are treated no differently. My parents (my mom is hispanic and my dad is caucasion) raised me to judge a person by their behavior, their character, and not the color of their skin. I took that lesson to heart, so much so, that, when it came time to baptise my son, I asked a black couple, whom I will always hold in high esteem, to be his godparents.

    I can’t speak for the rest of the world, and I know I am assuredly blind to some of my own prejudicial behaviors, but it is my hope that I do nothing to prevent anyone from encountering the true source of joy here on earth and in the hereafter.

    • Thank you Sandra for such and honest and heartfelt response. I think your the perspective that you shared is both extremely encouraging and relevant.

      Please bare with me as I work on improving my writing skills. The focal point of my post is that I believe that churches are diligently working to end discrimination everywhere, especially in church. But I believe that we are still discriminating against people with disabilities.

      Many churches still have unnecessary physical barriers. The opportunity to be baptized like everyone else is just one example that comes to mind.

      The truth is that churches don’t have as many ramps as they need for people in wheelchairs to have equal access. There should be accessible baptismal pools in churches. But in most cases they aren’t. But those same churches are spending more money on resources and activities while many of the needs of people with disabilities goes unaddressed.

      That goes against what God teaches us. People with disabilities are being overlooked and underserved in many (if not most) of our places of worship.

      • I would think that, under the American Disabilities Act, churches built after 1990 would have to create accessible entrances and restrooms; however, I would bet that, the law didn’t include such things as the baptismal pools. It probably didn’t even cross their minds. That being said, matters such as these shouldn’t have to be legislated, especially in our churches.

        Awareness, like your blog post, is the key. I know that I am blind to many injustices. I live in my little bubble, oblivious to much of the suffering around the world. Thank you for shedding light on this topic.

        • Thank you again Sandra for sharing your perspective. I agree with you completely. That is why I posted on this topic. I am a professional photographer who happens to be in a wheelchair and as such my posts reflect my perspectives from both areas. I am also an ordained minister (servant) of Christ so it is my responsibility to serve as many people as I can. Especially other people, like me, with disabilities and try to make the church more inclusive.

          But thank you so much for sharing your perspective with us all. I found it very helpful and encouraging. Thanks and have a wonderful evening!?

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