Friday, February 3, 2017
The Biggest Divide For The Black Church Is A Generational Divide.
Reader, I came across this blog post in a Facebook feed. I agree that Black people, in general and specifically, need each other. Any constructions where Black people are divided plays into the strategy of “divide and conquer,” or bettersaid, “continue to divide and maintain the conquered.”
The divide in the Black Church that most troubles me- the African-American Church, much like churches of every other ethnic stripe, faces a number of potential divides. There’s the perennial split between liberal and conservative theological groups. There’s the split along class lines. Several issues—from spiritual gifts to women in ministry—threaten to pull apart congregations and denominations. You can hear a number of voices wrangling over the mission of the Black Church. But the divide that most concerns me is the generational divide. It seems to me that the line between older and younger African-American Christians has never been deeper and wider. In fact, for increasing numbers of older and younger African-American Christians there’s no real contact at all.