How to Remove Racism in Christianity
This is not a attack
on Christianity because if the Valid suggestions in this
topic work, then the result will be a Stronger Christianity,
therefore this topic is aimed to help and not attack.
Muslims are not
anti-Christ as some Christians portray us, Muslims believe
in Jesus as the Messiah and that Jesus was Sent By God.
The only outcome of
this Topic can be a united and stronger Christianity. If I
point to some Truths in Christianity, it is not to demonize
the Faith, it is to address the concern.
Furthermore, just to
clarify, the Question on "How to end racism in
Christianity?" is not one I invented or made up, nor another
I was reading through
(Soc.Religion.Christian) when I saw a very similar question,
furthermore I was watching the "Promise Keepers at
Washington Live" some time back when a Black Christian
Priest said some words that stuck in my head.
Those words were "10
AM on Sunday is the Most Segregated hour of the Week"
I did not invent this,
I am sure Transcripts of the transmission can be ordered
from CSPAN. Now having studied Images and their Effects, I
have a suggestion that may Help.
As some may know,
human's pictures are not allowed in Muslim Mosques because
the Prophet states that Angels do not enter buildings with
My theories (which
anyone can take as their own if they like) is that the
absence of Pictures in the Muslim Place of Worship has
another Powerful effect also.
It eases and even
removes racial tensions between the Members.
My Suggestion is *Remove
All Images Within the church*
My Reasoning is;
1. Pictures of Jesus a
Black is considered by some white Christians as a lie.
Similarly a picture of a White Jesus is considered by some
Black Christians as a lie. Therefore you have the tension of
the two calling each other a liar over the color of Jesus.
Negative results; A
Black Christian who Believes that Jesus was Black would not
sit in a White church with pictures of a white Jesus because
that Black Christian is not going to lie to his or herself
(especially while praying).
Solution; Remove the
pictures, therefore, both Groups can comfortably pray within
the church and can mentally portray Jesus what ever color
they want, But the Picture does not have to stare them in
the Face to Force them to accept a certain color.
When the pictures are
removed in this scenario, the members can picture in their
minds their own personal Jesus and can portray him any color
they want, but to Put up Pictures is to ask other Members to
Accept a Certain color of Jesus without respecting their
differing views which can cause tensions within the church
and even cause certain members to seek a church which meets
2. You will rarely
find a White Christian praising a Black Jesus Icon. A
discomfort may be felt by a Black Christian when asked to
praise a White Jesus Icon.
Again this will cause tensions and may again result in goers
with opposing views seeking to go elsewhere to give thanks.
Solution; Removing the
Black Icon or White Icon will again ease the tensions. My
theory also is that these Icons can have a Major effect on
the attitudes of the goers.
3. The pictures in a
church that portray life in Heaven with a group being one
color For example, if we View Here we see that Heavenly
Members are portrayed as exclusively White while if we See
Here, evil Biblical figures are portrayed as Dark in Skin,
Negative results; This
Effect gives a Non-Verbal Message to the black goers that
they will not be in Heaven. If Heaven exclusively or
Majority include White people and Hell includes a Majority
of Black people according to the Pictures, then this gives a
loader message then the Priest.
Solution; Removal of
the bios pictures, if a church must keep them, then
integrate the pictures, this will have to include many races
It is the classical
good person bad person stereotyping that the pictures emit,
when the pictures are removed then you are just left with
persons and nothing portraying one group better then the
This is All confirmed
by Scholars in Effects of Images such as; Philip Myers
(1992), Bryant Zillman (1982), Glen Fisher (1989), O'Donnell
& G. Jowett (1986) and More
Martin Luther King Jr. is photographed with Adlai
Stevenson and President John F. Kennedy, 17 December
Dr. King had a Dream
to end Racism, let us not let his life's work be in
vain, let us contact the churches with the mono-color
images and politely ask them to remove the images
based on psychological ethical reasons, and also
contact pro-white Christian groups listed on the
Also ask them
politely to end the racism, we are all humans, with
Also Malcolm X was
against Pro-Black groups.