Article by Eric Pfeiffer
In this day and age, it’s hard to believe that racism still exists in the world. In fact, I find it quite disgusting that people are still so narrow-minded when it comes to different races mixing together. And one might think that when the ignorant demonstrate their disapproval of interracial unions that the church would be a symbol of hope delivering the message of acceptance and looking beyond the color of the skin. However, that’s not the case for one church in Kentucky.
According to a Yahoo news article, a church in Pike County, Kentucky has chosen to ban interracial couples from attending worship or even partaking in the service. The Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church made the vote in response to a longtime member who is engaged to a man originally from Zimbabwe. Why there was even a poll for this is just repulsive. What gives these people the right to prevent others from worshiping just because you can’t accept their love? I mean, you’re Christians, shouldn’t you be setting an example? But then again, there is a saying that you’ll even find the devil inside the church.
Apparently, the voting took place after longtime member Stella Harville brought her fiancé Ticha Chikuni to church with her in June. It seems that not only did their presence irritated the members, but performing “I Surrender All” together got everyone all riled up. Was it the song? My apologies for making light of a very serious matter.
Following their performance, Stella’s father was told by the former pastor, Melvin Thompson, that his daughter and her fiancé were not allowed to sing in church again. To be honest, if I was the father and the pastor said that to me, I would’ve probably thought that their performance wasn’t very good if I didn’t know of the true reason behind such a decision.
Things seem to change when new pastor, Stacy Stepp, welcomed the couple to participate in church again. However, the new pastor’s decision didn’t fair well with the former, hence, Thompson putting forth a recommendation saying that while all members are welcomed at the church, it does not “condone” (excuse me?) interracial marriage. He also stated that any interracial couples would not be received as members or allowed to participate in worship services.
Doesn’t this man contradict himself somewhat. First he said “all members are welcomed”, but then he says “interracial couples would not be received as members.” He did mention however, that there was an exception for funerals. Really?
The congregation usually boasts around 40 members each Sunday; of the majority, nine voted in favor of Thompson’s proposed language, while only six voted against. What happened to the other members in attendance? They chose to kept quiet in the matter.
The Harville family doesn’t see Gulnare’s new policy promoting anything like unity or civil peace. And a comment made by Stella’s father says it all, “It ain’t nothing but the old devil working.”
This is certainly not Christian-like. I’m sure you would never find a segment in the Bible disapproving of interracial couples, in fact, you’ll hardly even find any reference to skin color. So, why is it that we as human beings be so intolerable of each other. I mean, why can’t we all just get along and let love reign?
What do you think about the church’s decision to ban interracial couples?
Source: Yahoo! News