Our Open Sin of Segregation

Posted on June 23, 2010


I was driving down the road the other night, “seeking” through the AM radio stations.  I came across a station that was spewing “black-only” terminology.  The young lady (radio jock) is based in Philadelphia.  She said that organizing multi-racial events in Philly weakened the black community.  The radio lady kept saying that they needed organize “black-only” events and should use this term when advertizing.

As I listened to the ugly words being spoken, I felt like I was blasted into the past.  The KKK and other racists have used similar terminology.  We eventually desegregated American water fountains, restrooms, transportation, schools, businesses, etc.  Laws were put in place to make sure that black students had access to all schools.  Is there perfect equality?  No, but just about anyone can study hard and get a good job.  Black people have impacted America in very positive ways.  Ben Carson became a great physician, Barack Obama became the president of the USA, politicians, musicians, doctors, lawyers, ministers, and the list could go on and on.  Why would we want to segregate ourselves once again?  Black-only events is a giant step backwards.

Wait a minute!  If America can desegregate, why can’t we desegregate God’s Church?  It still amazes me that we have segregated conferences, schools, churches, and events.  Hello!  We are all God’s children and bleed the same color blood. 

The Word of God says, “There is one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6     

It is time to become COLOR BLIND and unite our Church family.  How can we finish the gospel work when the world sees a segregated church body. 

A couple years ago, a group of Adventist leaders traveled to South Africa to work with the needy.  One of our church leaders requested to meet with Nelson Mandela (President of the South Africa).  After scheduling a meeting, our delegate went to the president’s office and sat in the waiting room for a long time.  Finally, the delegate asked why he was still waiting to see Mandela.  He was told that the president was trying to decide to meet with a denominational leader of a church that was still segregated.  At the end of the day, our delegate never got to meet with President Mandela because of our open sin of segregation.

What can we do?


Sit down at your computer and type a “kind/loving” letter to be sent to the General Conference of SDA ASAP.  Let our leaders know that this problem needs to be addressed ASAP!  


General Conference of SDA

12501 Old Columbia Pike

Silver Spring, MD  20904

Or… Fax it… 301-680-6090

Or… pick up your phone and ask if you can talk to someone about segregation in the Church. 

Phone Number: 301-680-6000

“Lord, help us to be the Church you have called us to be!”

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