The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., once said “It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o`clock on Sunday morning.”
Decades later that proverb still rings true, when the church bells ring, Christians congregate in churches to worship the Almighty with believers who share their interpretation of the Christian faith, and more importantly their skin color.
Diversity may prevail in the workplace, gym, and places of business and entertainment, but most Americans only feel comfortable worshiping God in segregated churches.
This situation is tragic considering that Christianity promised to do away with gender, racial and class distinctions that divide us:
Galatians 3:28 King James Version (KJV)
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Donald Trump has exacerbated the racial divide in the evangelical church.
Black and brown evangelicals are dismayed and exasperated by white evangelicals` infatuation with a blatant racist, misogynist and homophobic buffoon. Since the election the bond between white evangelicals and Trump has only hardened:
White evangelical Protestants continue to approve of President Donald Trump at about twice the rate of the general public, according to a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. Indeed, the figure is at an all-time high, with some 75 percent expressing a positive view as of March.
How can evangelicals of color be expected to break bread with white evangelicals who overlook, if not outright condone, Trump`s blatant racism out of political expediency?
The rift between white evangelicals and evangelicals of color is irreversible, as an Hispanic I`d rather fellowship with a UFO cult than visit a white evangelical church.
Eleven Sunday morning will continue to be the most segregated hour as long as white evangelicals remain enthralled by the orange Antichrist.
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