From Paul’s letter to the Galatians, “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.” (Gal. 3: 28) Nonetheless, when we worship, we worship as separate races and ethnicities. My church is overwhelmingly straight, white and native English-speaking. While we advertise that we are welcoming of all races and ethnicities and sexual orientations, and indeed we would and do welcome people regardless of these classifications, the fact is we remain homogeneous. Consider this story from CNN about an integrated church.
The House of the Lord, which is nondenominational, has grown from about 2,000 and nearly all black when my wife and I joined to about 6,000 and at least 10 percent white when we moved away, by which time I had been ordained a deacon.
Full story. One in ten breaking the mold is really significant. But, man, can you imagine saying, “Well, 10% of the attorneys at my firm are women,” to indicate you welcomed women?
Is church different? Is it okay to be segregated on Sunday?