A church is supposedly “the house of God” where His children gather to worship Him. It shouldn’t matter who you are, where you come from, your social status, color of your skin, etc. therefore a church would be the last place for an individual to feel discriminated, or [mis]judged.
It's not uncommon to see "specific" churches where only a certain type of people go to. Nothing wrong with that as some might opt to get together with their own kind to pray...for their own kind?!?
However, what happens most of the times is that people will walk into a church for the first time and will feel everything but welcomed. There’s a feeling of being observed, of not belonging in there, even hostility. Why would that be or why should that happen?
A church is a place where people go to for help, spiritual help. There shouldn't be a diversity issue where instead of showing pictures of all kinds of families, there are only pictures and videos of happy white families.
A real example is there is a church, big one that on their easter service showed videos of people with their life history. The sermon was about life changing and moving on from the past. There were four stories presented of people who failed in life and recovered. All four stories were of white people...and all people in the video shown were white.
All families go through problems and have issues with work, addiction, abuse, drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. Not only white families go through those problems and recover.
Are white families default for good life examples? Will other ethnic families feel welcome and spoken to when the pastor preaching is talking about John from the video?
Have pastors and members of churches considered that newcomers may feel intimidated and need a little warmness? Some people may feel as an outsider and that the "popular" or well-known people in the church won't mingle with the new people.
Do church goers and pastors realize that it is very important for churches and their members to make every individual that walks in feel welcome from the moment they step their foot in. That it means so much when the people are friendly regardless of their status or position, and that the pastors do a good job of setting that tone?
People go to church for different reasons but with the same purpose. Some say people need to find a church in a community where they can feel welcome and loved. But anyone should be able to feel this way by going to any church and be able to walk through the door and be warmly greeted by everyone.
When going to church, people shouldn't feel like they don't belong, like they will have to fit in to be accepted. Everyone in there is a sinner...it's a place that should definitely show that no one is better than the other. It the place where equality is at its best!