Church sign of the week no. 2
“Bigotry wrapped in prayer is still bigotry.”
The Church does bigotry really well! Be it stopping women bishops, ‘discouraging’ poor people or banning gays from worship – the Church does bigotry really well.
There are plenty of examples of bigotry in action in the Church and unfortunately we don’t have to look back in history to see it. We just need to open our newspapers or watch our televisions. It is happening every day.
In some of the Southern States of the U.S. people are trying to make ‘whites only’ churches legal. What they seem to forget is Jesus was ‘of ethnic origin’. He wouldn’t be welcome in their Churches, I would argue he wouldn’t want to go there anyway.
It is not unknown for a church to ask people with disabilities to leave. What happened to the greatest commandment – “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbour as yourself.”
All these things are done in the mane of God, all wrapped up in prayer and lovely words – it’s still bigotry….
We want to be a church that changes all that. We want to show the love that Jesus showed, that love that encompasses everyone.
So whoever you are, wherever you are from, whatever your circumstances – you are welcome in our church.