A couple of years before his assassination in the 1960’s, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out that the 11 o’ clock hour on Sunday morning was the most segregated hour in America. Dr. King was referring to the segregation of Churches. Almost 50 years later, we can sadly admit that that observation is still true. This is because the type of segregation being referred to here is de facto racial segregation, rather than de jure segregation. It is the segregation that exists in practice, though not necessarily ordained or enforced by law.
Anyone who is willing to call a spade a spade would admit that we have come a long way from how things were in the 1960’s but that we still have a long distance to travel to get to the attainment of color-blindness in the Church. Many Churches today see multiculturalism as a badge of honor, so they claim to be multicultural Churches, even though many times the justification for such claim is questionable. I have observed that there are six categories of Churches based on the degree to which they embrace multiculturalism. Continue reading