Perhaps more importantly is determining whether or not the RELIGIOSITY of Christianity is the actual element of distain for many new worshippers. Nowadays it is far more “suitable”, especially for new followers, to be one who practices faith in a spiritual, non judgmental manner.
In essence the sociology of church has changed. The mores of old are no longer promising a viable yield. The word is the same and will never change; however, the people that study and practice that word have changed.
Beyond the perceived personal attack, now there is a very real fear that leaders of congregations are nothing more than wolves in sheeps clothing themselves. Recently, the media has exposed several pastors that have preyed on their own flock rather than PRAYED for them.
“They’re pastors, but they’re really in the Halloween costume of a Fortune 500 CEO. And in the process they’re trick-or-treating the people,” Jonathan L. Walton, an assistant professor of African-American religion at Harvard Divinity School, told an appreciative audience three days earlier at Ebenezer Baptist Church in downtown Atlanta.
Sadly, those who are easily detered by the failings of men are the very ones that lead the campaign to discredit the need for spiritual balance and peace.
The seculiarization of the black church is another issue that seems to spark dire concern among the “wisdom” tier. The non conventional approach to an unconventional world causes the elders to chastize the “children” of the church, which in and of itself contridicts all the preachings and teachings for which we are challenged to uphold.
“We’re baptizing a lot of this crap in the name of Jesus,” Walton protested, sparking more applause.
Using scripture to malign others is not how scripture was intended to be used. Scripture and Christian doctrine is a tool needed to keep all things in balance by exacting peace, love, patience and kindness. Of course all humans emote. But as Christians we are charged to approach any and all things that would insight frustration, annoyance,and problem with a higher level of positivity that many have forgotten.
The Church is a hospital for wounded souls. Often those souls have never practiced positive energy. Those individuals have never known any benefit from being kind to others; therefore, the same ineffectual behavioral practices that proved “fruitful” in the world are brought to church and used on anyone within the holy place with far less positive response.
The dialogue and subsequent action is necessary to begin renourishing the “land” where the seeds need to be replanted. The Harvest has been depleted and needs the attention of several skilled gardeners.
The voices of Black Christian leadership have fragmented. They no longer stand united but instead seem to over promote themselves and their churches. The mission is not singular but in fact communal. When that is no longer the objective than the divisive fragments are avoided by those affluenced, influential voices that could possibly lend direction to an otherwise disjointed PROCESS.
Human evolution and spiritual ascension is a process. One that requires each individual to be purposed with improving the collective. Not intent on solely improving the singular condition.
Lawrence H. Mamiya, a professor of religion at Vassar and co-author of the “The Black Church in the African American Experience,” told Freedman.
“They haven’t been out in the field. And unless you’re in the field, you can’t see what’s happening.”
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