One of the things that puzzled me growing up, and still puzzles me today, is how devastated and broken many African American communities are although there are a huge number of local churches across America. I often wondered why there were churches where so many people who claim to be changed and transformed had no effect on the community around them. So here are seven revealing reasons why the black church isn’t more influential in the community.
REASON #1: FAILURE TO MAKE FAITH AND LIFE INTERSECT
We hear a lot about how Jesus died and rose again but we don’t often hear how this affects us in our everyday lives. How do the scriptures inform our marriages? How do the scriptures inform our economics? These are just examples of what is left out in most black churches on Sunday morning. There needs to be more of an understanding of how faith and life intersect.
REASON #2: SYSTEMIC INJUSTICE
The primary culprit behind the Church’s lack of influence in the community is plain, old systemic injustice. Black communities in the inner city are the way they are because of decisions that were made years ago. Whether it was poor and inadequate housing or the choice to build freeways over thriving neighborhoods, most of the problems boil down to systemic injustice.
REASON #3: CHURCH HYPOCRISY
Another reason why the Church is not effectively helping the black community is because of widespread hypocrisy. Many people are in church on Sunday but the Church is not in them throughout the rest of the week. Sadly, there are some closed-minded “regulars” in the Church that are wreaking havoc on the black community. And as a result of this, many people in the community opt not to attend church for anything other than pacifying their relatives on Christmas, Mother’s Day, and Easter.
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SOURCE: Urban Faith – Ramon Mayo