Kentucky Church Votes To Refuse Membership To Interracial Couples
A sad reminder that, in many parts of America, we still haven’t left prejudice behind:
A small Pike County church has voted not to accept interracial couples as members or let them take part in some worship activities.
The decision has caused sharp reaction and disapproval in the Eastern Kentucky county.
“It’s not the spirit of the community in any way, shape or form,” Randy Johnson, president of the Pike County Ministerial Association, said of the vote.
In early November, Thompson proposed the church go on record saying that while all people were welcome to attend public worship services there, the church did not condone interracial marriage, according to a copy of the recommendation supplied by the Harvilles.
The proposal also said “parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they be used in worship services” or other church functions, with the exception of funerals.
The recommendation “is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve,” the copy supplied to the Herald-Leader read.
Members at a business meeting decided to put the matter before the whole church. Last Sunday, nine people voted for the proposal and six voted against it, Harville said.
There were more people in attendance, but some didn’t want to take a stand, he said.
Harville said the resolution was motivated by racism and has given the church, the community, the county and even God a black eye.
“It sure ain’t Christian. It ain’t nothing but the old devil working,” Harville said.
They have a right to decide who they accept as members, of course, but we have a right to judge them for it.
Update: It looks like Steven Taylor and I were posting on this at roughly the same time.