Do Something and Be Intentional!
Racism exists, as well as double standards, but the real question now is what will we do. Will we widen the gap, spreading more hatred among each other or will we use this as an opportunity to create true unity in diversity? Even within my city of Houston, will church leaders become a united front with another church leader who looks nothing like them. Will white churches intentionally go out in communities with people of color to serve and cater to their needs? Will churches of color expand and partner with white communities to bring about a greater change? Will multi-cultural churches teach other churches how to acknowledge all cultures to where church is not done in a "white" way? I hate to name drop, but a good place to start would be Lakewood. They have a crazy diverse body of believers and they actually reflect that diversity by having diverse speakers and worship. There may be more, but if you are doing it, I applaud you and ask that you reach out to other churches so they can be informed on how to do the same thing. We have to be intentional with how we relate to each other.
Honestly, if we have a church with a majority, like 95% and up of only one race, then church is being done wrong. We live in one of the most diverse cities in the world and by now each church should look like a melting pot. Unfortunately, that won't happen until that is made a priority and church leaders create initiatives that challenge different bodies of believers to do life together on a consistent basis. Don't just call someone who looks different than you once, build a relationship with them. Find out about each other's interests and culture, and experience life together in and outside the church.
There's this term used called cultural competence. In education, it's used to help teachers be more cognizant and intentional about understanding, accepting, and engaging in the cultural differences that exist among their students. Although this is used in education, every leader needs to assess where they stand in regard to the cultural competence of their body of believers.
Comfort is the hidden trait that has caused us to sit in the shadows until something drastic happens. Don't let Charlottesville be another moment that evokes emotion with no action. I speak mainly to the church because we lead the way. Our silence or secret hatred for another in the body of Christ is what has diminished our ability to progress in the power God gave us. The word of God is supposed to go beyond just knowledge and evoke action. Now more than ever is the time to walk out this Christian life and show THE WORLD how God desires for us to function as one loving each other and embracing the beauty of the diversity he created among us.