Tuesday, October 20, 2009
#82-Not Interracial Relationships....
Okay, some days I do wake up and feel that I need to be somewhat political....and today is one of those days....While this topic is certainly not accurate for all of Apostolics, it is still prevalent in many circles and I will address it now....Bon Apetit
For some reason, the civil rights movement didn't find the UPC until the 1990's....So much so that most church planting was reserved for rural and suburban culture, and urban environments were left untouched by the UPC up until very recently. It's incredible that in the suburbs of my area (Detroit) there is almost a UPC church per city (with a few patches untouched), but up until a few years ago there was only 2 UPC church in the entire city of Detroit.....Thank God for the church planters in my area who have decided to cut the denominational segregation out in recent years (I think there are now 5 UPC churches in Detroit which is still not enough, but it's progress)...
The point is we as Apostolics are worried about gays getting married when there are none in our church when we have a bigger elephant in the room: Subtle Racism....Of course we would never go as far to call ourselves racist (Because that's just backwards) and we may all point to the number of black friends we have to prove that we aren't racist, but the number of white to black ministers in the UPC is sickening....We have seen a recent upshot in recent years, but it's just sad that this is upshot is coming at the dawn of the new millennium when Martin Luther King made his speech back when Lyndon Johnson was president (or was it Nixon in his first year?).
But the point of this post is simply the fact that there are some (many?) who frown upon interracial relationships in the name of "how confusing it can be for the children growing up in two different cultures." In other words, "I like and welcome black people in my church as sons and daughters of God in equality, but I don't want them in my family."
Or to put it another way, if you were mixed, your childhood was really screwed up because both cultures ostracized you in your abnormal pigmentation. And yet, if you ask my friends of some kind of hybrid of two different races in church if they grew up torn and depressed because they simply didn't know what race they were growing up, they'll just laugh. It's not a big deal....but yet it's our denominations signpost to all other denominations that while we are not racist, we are more than a few decades behind the times, and are still not completely comfortable with truly seeing some of our brothers and sisters in Christ have the same rights within the kingdom as other brothers and sisters in Christ (not being able to date across racial boundaries)