Segregation in God’s Church

Posted on January 3, 2013


LincolnAuthor: Ken Lytle

The new movie, Lincoln, is a great film that addresses the segregation and civil rights issue.  It begins a little slow, but has a great conclusion as President Lincoln gains one of the first victories for the civil rights movement here in the USA.  I recommend watching the film.

Years later Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders gained even more victories.  Buses, restrooms, drinking fountains, schools, etc. were desegregated.  If I were living in those days, I believe I would have been on the frontline of the battle.

Here we are at the beginning of 2013 and the Seventh-day Adventist Church is still segregated here in the USA.  Some states have black conferences, schools, and churches and white conferences, schools, and churches.  Of course the “color” line is not black and white.  Both sides now have Hispanic, Asian, and other ethnic churches in their conferences.  If you do the research, you will discover that most “white” conferences have “white” officers and “black” conferences have “black” officers.  In one state we have two conference offices within 30 miles of each other and two boarding academies within 60 miles of each other.

It is time for us to stand up and speak up against this division in the Church.  If our God is color blind, we need to be also.  The only separation in churches in America should be based on languages… Spanish speaking churches, Indonesian speaking churches, etc. etc. etc.  We should never base conference, school, and church leadership off the color of one’s skin.  If we are truly preparing to spend eternity in heaven with Jesus, we need to breakdown the walls that divide us and allow the Holy Spirit to unite us like never before.

I invite you to let your voice be heard.  Please contact your local conference and division leaders and ask them to address this important issue ASAP.

North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600 USA
Telephone: 301-680-6400
Fax: 301-680-6464

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“And in the fulfilling of the day of Pentecost, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly a sound came out of the heaven as borne along by the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And tongues as of fire appeared to them, being distributed; and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:1-4